Rob Pittam

Rob studied illustration at Swindon College and at Kingston-on-Thames School of Art. Despite developing a successful career in London as a commercial artist he was increasingly drawn towards Cornwall and the sea. He eventually left London in 2005 to settle in Cornwall and paint full-time. Since doing so he has developed a distinctive style in which the contrasting influences of his favourite painters Johannes Vermeer and Edward Hopper are clearly evident. His still lifes have a dark intensity and richness in the Dutch tradition and yet his landscapes and figures draw upon the surreal and polished style of Hopper. Despite his relatively new career as a full-time painter, Rob's reputation as a fine artist of real dedication and technical ability has grown apace.

Rob works in a classical technique using the translucency of acrylic paint, over a pencil drawing and monochrome underpainting on gessoed board, to build up tonal depth through multiple glazes of colour.

A distinctive painter of eerily timeless images, Rob’s paintings are at once vintage artefacts and contemporary artworks. His technical facility he owes to a training in illustration, it is a sad fact that if he had enrolled on a fine art course in one of our major art schools in the last 40 years he wouldn’t have learned to paint like this.


Rob Pittam

The White Boat, Isles of Scilly