For the midfielder kit we collaborated with Sam Houston, a fine art student at University College Falmouth. We asked him some questions!
Tell me the story of how you got interested in Fine Art?
I was eleven years old when I remember being intrigued by the power of tonal drawings, and how you can create something incredible with only a pencil. I continued this interest in college where my first ambitious paintings began. I tried working with other fields yet I returned to Fine Art as this is where I held my passion. My journey with portraiture excelled through the course, and I applied to University College Falmouth as I believed in their respect for drawing and painting. The course has flourished my strengths and enabled me to experiment and refine my painting.
What was it like getting involved in the project and being set the brief.
It was fantastic to collaborate ideas with fellow students with a different background of knowledge. I found it extremely exciting and it confirms my interest to work with others in the future. I found working for a brief unusual as with my practice there are endless possibilities for the finished result, but this was great to have a shared and designed goal. It was good to work in a team with the twins and they gave me alot of creative license when it came to painting the artwork for the kit.
Tell me your ideas behind the painting.
The brief stated that it was to show the characteristics of both the defensive and attacking Midfielder which were aggressive, stylish, composed and calm. After discussing various options with the twins, we decided on the idea to use the sea as a metaphor to represent this character, which is why there is a large, frightening wave in comparison to the calm and relaxed distance along the beach. It coincided with my previous paintings of the sea, and I used my knowledge on landscapes and creating an ambience to strengthen the painting.
What do you like about the kit?
I really like the colours and how the back of the shirt has most of the detail, and will be seen on the player from behind. I think the kit represents me as an artist, as the strong lighting, the peaceful and intriguing landscape with a sense of perspective and distance is a theme I continue to use in my work.