Football is Still Life is the latest project from Gary Armer where he is exploring the themes and narratives associated with historic and retro football memorabilia and fan cultures.
Gary explains: “I was a keen collector of football memorabilia growing up and I love the memories these often simple artefacts can conjure up. Every item that I’ve painted resonates with certain football fans and takes them back to a time, a season or a memory of a particular match or player.”
“The array of items and the colours associated with different football teams are great fun to paint and make for interesting still life compositions when approached in a realist way. I’ve especially enjoyed the paintings where I’ve used chiaroscuro to create a sense of drama.”
The majority of the oil paintings were painted from life using the sight-size technique and so far they feature football shirts, boots, collectables, pin badges and rosettes.
As part of the Football is Still Life project, Gary has consulted with football memorabilia experts and the National Football Museum in Manchester where the artist completed an artist’s residency.
This residency added a new dimension to the project as the artist was given access to paint a still life featuring significant artefacts relating to the legendary Sir Stanley Matthews. You can read all about the Football Museum residency here.