Fantasista 2013 is a celebration of contemporary football art inspired by the rapid rise of the ‘football artist’ in the digital age. The exhibition opens this week in London.
Fantasista was conceived by artist/animator/director Richard Swarbrick, famed for his animated videos of players like Wayne Rooney, Gareth Bale, Diego Maradona and Lionel Messi.
As Amy Eustace writes on the Fantasista blog:
“When one English artist became an overnight YouTube sensation last year, it was a catalyst for a growing appreciation of football as an art subject, as well as pure entertainment. Gareth Bale’s rip-roaring display over two legs against Inter Milan was memorable in itself, but when Spurs fan Richard Swarbrick immortalised his hat trick and match-winning contributions over both games in the form of a hand drawn animation which immediately went viral, it became the stuff of legend. Such is the power of art; it has the ability to transform moments into images that stay with you forever.”
With a host of artists involved including Póg favourites like Stanley Chow, Zoran Lucic, and Steve Welsh, the organisers hope the exhibition will be the first of many.
“The show has developed into an investigation about the way in which contemporary artists use the themes, imagery and nature of football and its following within the framework of their work. Many artists work with football in an illustrative way, this exhibition seeks to go beyond this and look at some of the physical, practical and passionate responses that draw out artistic responses to the beautiful game”
The first Fantasista exhibition is open July 11-14 at The Cello Factory, 33-34 Cornwall Rd, London SE1 8TJ.