After capturing the thrills and spills of the National Bank of Oman Golf Classic on canvas last week, local golf artist Mark Robinson is at it again at the season-ending Dubai Festival City Challenge Tour Grand Final hosted by Al Badia Golf Club.
It’s the second time Robinson has been invited to capture the action at Al Badia having also acted as ‘artist in residence’ at the 2013 event.
“Last year I did 18 twice - one from the tee and one from the island which was quite close to the green,” he said.
“But this time around I decided I wanted to do a larger landscape painting and spend a bit more time on the hole.”
Robinson’s masterpiece this year is a stunning panoramic from the tee of Al Badia’s signature par five closing hole.
“Most people like panoramic views and it’s the usual thing when you’re teeing off on 18 you go ‘oh wow what a view,’ he said. “So that’s sort of the way you approach it as a painter – you think of it as if you were a golfer.”
The artist said that despite not been able to watch too much of the action on the course, he has thoroughly enjoyed his time at Al Badia so far this week.
“This week has been fantastic and I’ve really enjoyed it,” he said.
“As a painter you don’t really get much of a chance to watch the golf but you can see the leaderboard and luckily they had a TV screen there as well.”
Over the years Robinson has become a regular at many of the Middle East’s big golf events but it was at the 2009 DP World Tour Championship where he really made his name as a golf artist.
He will return to the Earth course later this month for his sixth consecutive stint at The European Tour’s season-ending DP World Tour Championship, Dubai at Jumeirah Golf Estates which will take place from Thursday 20 to Sunday 23 November.
“It’s always an exciting time of year and as usual I’m looking forward to the DP World Tour Championship in a couple of week’s times,” Robinson said.
“I always get people who return every year and come by my spot and go ‘I was here last year!”
Robinson studied fine art at college in England before becoming an International lighting designer for touring rock bands. He moved to the UAE in 2000 and started a small company specialising in 3D Animation.
“My ‘day job’ was painting portraits of dignitaries,” he said. “But I just love the game of golf, so now I’ve got the best of both worlds – painting golfers and golf courses was something I was delighted to get involved in.”
As well as being able to admire Robinson’s work spectators at this week’s Dubai Festival City Challenge Tour hosted by Al Badia Golf Club are being treated to free golf lessons in a wonderful initiative funded and driven by the R&A, a global supporter of the Challenge Tour, who have provided a series of practice nets and mats. There’s also a state of the art golf simulator where spectators are competing in a ‘nearest the pin’ competition.
In addition to that, every visitor to the tournament is entitled to a complimentary burger and beverage while official newspaper 7 Days has provided a handy mobile phone charging station as well beanbags in which to relax and enjoy the action.