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5 December 2013

A year with Christina Pierce

Robana are delighted to announce the publication of 'The Art of Cricket’ 2014 Yearbook and Desk Diary. Once again featuring the wonderful artworks of Christina Pierce, this 160 page hardback book contains 53 full-colour plates as well as information on the eighteen major counties and international fixtures. The book also contains some original photography by Christopher Bishop. 'The Art of Cricket’ is a guide not only to the year in cricket but also the perfect place for cricket fans to chronicle and plan their own activity. The book is priced at £24.95.

The ‘Art of Cricket’ 2014 Yearbook and Desk Diary contains images that reflect the true gamut of the world of cricket from net practice, tea in the pavilion, the crowds, to stunning portraits of the likes of England stars Alastair Cook and Steven Finn. The UK cover of the Yearbook focuses on the 2013 Ashes triumph. There’s a real focus on Indian stars too with a separate Indian cover featuring Sachin Tendulkar whilst inside the book are vivid images of MS Dhoni, Anil Kumble,Rahul Dravid and Tendulkar himself.
Chrissy will be working with international arts foundation Arts For India [AFI] on this publication, Arts for India campaigns for the development of the Delhi-based International Institute of Fine Arts (IIFA) which is a quality arts establishment teaching art, fashion and cinema to over 375 students a year. IIFA is a uniquely Anglo-Indian collaboration as its educational partnerships are the Prince’s Drawing School and the University of the Arts London and the organization seeks to improve cultural and educational understanding between the two countries. November 7th at the annual Arts for India Diwali Celebration, Exhibition and Auction at Kent House London, will see the official launch of the Art of Cricket as well as a display of some of Chrissy’s works which will be auctioned to support the work of the foundation. Additionally, 10% from sales of the book will go to Arts for India.

Having trained at the Central School of Art, Chrissy had always painted portraits but, when her son Oskar started turning out for Surrey [he now plays for Surrey Academy and U17s], she began to capture the scenes in front of her. That initial interest has burgeoned into a fully-fledged career, with her work shown at The Royal Academy, Lords Cricket Ground and the Brit Oval. She has been commissioned by players, teams, corporations and national bodies alike and captured images of some of the true greats of the game from Viv Richards to Sachin Tendulkar to Freddie Flintoff. Chrissy works at matches and in the nets, sketching and doing small oil sketches on board using her pochard box. She then uses these for reference on large oil paintings in her studio; most of the action pictures use photographs for reference, mainly taken by Christopher Bishop.
The ‘Art of Cricket’ Yearbook and Desk Diary 2014 in itself hopes to become a fixture of the cricket season and makes a wonderful gift for lovers of fine art and, of course, this the greatest of sports. For more info please contact Chris Hewlett on 0845 601 2833 or chris@chrishewlett.com see also:
www.christinapierce.com and www.artsforindia.org

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