The whistle blows to get arty

Art and football have never been especially comfortable bedfellows, but increasingly, creativity and the beautiful game are going hand-in-hand to the art gallery. There are a number of artists that have developed a unique approach to recording the world’s favourite sport – Paine Proffit, for example, has brought a touch of art deco to the sport, while Ben Mosley is clearly influenced by greats like … Continue reading The whistle blows to get arty

Painting the beautiful game – Paine Proffitt

Cloth caps, rattles, Bovril, heaving crowds, balls with laces and boots that were…well, boots. All of these iconic images can be found in the paintings of Paine Proffitt, an American artist who came to Britain and fell in love with football. And we’re mighty glad he did, because Paine’s works – mostly acrylic on canvas – have been delighting fans with an appreciation of nostalgia … Continue reading Painting the beautiful game – Paine Proffitt

Lowry captures “The Game of the People” in his work

In a week in which Buckingham Palace is hi-jacking the game as part of the FA’s 150th anniversary, it was good to see the traditional image of football celebrated in Tate Britain’s L.S. Lowry exhibition. If Game of the People was to appoint an “official artist”, it would have to be Lowry. Cloth-cap, working-class nostalgia is all the rage these days, and at the Tate, … Continue reading Lowry captures “The Game of the People” in his work