For many years the World Snooker Championships have been synonymous with the Crucible theatre in Sheffield. I was asked to paint the arena in which the contestants do battle and the whole process was filmed for an item which introduced the final, between Mark Selby and Ding Junhui, on BBC television on 1 May 2016.
Prints of the painting, shown here, are available on acid-free Fine Art paper in an acid-free white mount, measuring 50cm x 40cm o’all, price £45.00 plus P & P if applicable. Or £65.00 plus P & P in an attractive black frame.
There is an intensity about snooker players when they are at the table. The focussed air they have about them, which is probably derived from the fact that they don’t have an immediate interaction with their opponent, is perhaps unique to mainstream sports. From an artist’s point of view this makes them quite a compelling subject, which I have hopefully captured in these pencil studies of some of the contestants.
I shall be guesting at the Weston Park May Fayre ( details at http://www.sheffield.visitor-centre.co.uk) in Sheffield on 22 May, giving painting demonstrations in the open air, weather-permitting. All snooker-related images , including the original Crucible painting will be on show at that event. For more information please contact me