I can see many balls, but not much apart from that.
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By Will 8 years ago, mid-November Leave a comment on this post
Ian emailed me to tell of this remarkable auction on eBay (I’ve even stolen your headline, Ian - sorry, but you put it perfectly!). The image you see above is an abstract painting depicting the winning moment for England’s victorious Ashes side this summer. Or, in the artist’s own words:
Cricket Comes Home - The Ashes (2005)
An abstract depiction of England’s famous Ashes winning Summer against Australia in 2005
The print is 101/2″ x 101/2″ and is supplied on 230 gsm coated acrylic paper from the original medium of gouache and acrylic
Presented without mount or frame, signed, and coming with a certificate of authenticity from myself, the artist.
Now, I’m no artist - I’m a budding photographer, and that’s stretching it - but I’m afraid I simply cannot and do not understand what this is supposed to represent! Depiction of “England’s famous Ashes winning summer”? How?! I see no bat, no ball, no players - nothing that says a) England b) English cricket c) cricket d) cricket e) cricket… Answers on a postcard, please - or a comment would suffice.
PS note to self: learn to expand vocab. You’re not 12, Will.
11 Responses to “Post-Ashes profiteering reaches its zenith”
November 9th, 2005 at 9.48 pm
November 9th, 2005 at 9.48 pm
It’s obviously an arial shot of a Mexican with a bloody big hat, searching for 2 missing hula hoop girls!!
November 9th, 2005 at 10.36 pm
wait, no - I see the picture! Wow! I get it!
It is an ariel picture of St Johns Wood, okay, a Blower-pigeon-eye view of Lords? Top right is the Tube station and shopping corner where you pick up your booze and sandwiches before the game. Bottom right is the Ramada hotel, always good for a quick beer or a pee if the Taverners is overflowing as usual. Top left is Lords. The brown circle represents the traffic crossing to get up to the North gate and the big circle is the Grace Gates.
The cunning use of ephemeral light air tones in the pale blue represents the artist’s description of atmosphere which gripped us all so viscerally for the length of the summer. The contrasting brown, the earth emotion, in return represents this return to our roots - the ground, indeed the grounds that so joyously brought the Ashes back to their home - exquisited portraited in their smokey grey, delicate hues. This reviewer also suspects a deeper psychological level to the artwork whereby the pale blue and grey may also be a fascinating psychological insight into the atmosphere - literally the air - at his local near the Oval after the lat Test, the pale tones representing the fag-ASHES air and the brown tones reflecting that of the ale.
By figuring a depiction of Lords, the artist truely shows his deepest understanding of the Home of cricket, where the Ashes belong.
Now, I really hope you all didn’t believe that for one minute. To be honest, I think the picture is complete rubbish.
November 10th, 2005 at 2.58 am
The big white ring is blocking the passage emanating from the bottom left.
The brown ring is english cricket that has successfuly emerged at the other end of the passage having gone through and overcome the white ring.
The big white circle is the hat of the umpires who were looking on and checking on things.
Ah well! i might as well accept it…..the painting doesnt seem to have any sense at all!
November 10th, 2005 at 10.06 am
Well in my, admittedly limited, artistic opinion its closer to an abstract painting depicting the bowling of Dizzy Gillespie in the Ashes series - RUBBISH!
However, I think the danger is that we may have fallen foul of a popular ebay scam. A tactic used by a few ebayers is to add unique, interesting items such as this painting which will generate interest in other more serious stuff they are selling.
“Cricket”, “England”, “Ashes”, “2005″ are clearly well searched words on sites such as ebay. As it looks to have happened in this case, people find the joke item, think “Who the hell would buy this?” and forward to onto their friends, creating a chain. I had an email sent to me the other day linking to student selling bottles of his own urine on ebay! Obviously the ebayer may also instigate the interest by starting the email chain.
If 1000 people view the item as a result, 1 in 10 may also click on the other items listed for sale or onto the ebay shop the seller has. It’s then possible that out of these 100 people another 1 in 10 actually might buy something. BINGO, the scam item makes the guy some money! I note this seller has plenty of less abstract more appealling paintings for sale. The unique item has really made it when someone adds onto their popular blog!
At the moment the store is selling “quality” novelty bank notes of The England Ashes hero’s but more; let’s say less novelty, Cricket items will be added soon. Take a look it’s a bit fun really but they are pretty good and ideal for inclusion in Xmas cards or for a bit of a laugh down the pub!
November 11th, 2005 at 1.00 pm
I think it’s what Ricky Ponting saw in front of his eyes when he was hit on the head by Harmison at Lord’s.
And Will, you’ve been running the blog for a year now, and this is the first time you’ve used the tag ‘zenith’? Get your act together, man!
November 11th, 2005 at 1.28 pm
I know - woe me! Zenith is a brilliant word, and has given me a much-needed kick up the derriere to be more colourful in the language I use
November 14th, 2005 at 3.39 am
November 16th, 2005 at 6.41 pm
SAD SAD SAD
November 18th, 2005 at 2.51 pm
It is as good as anything else people call art.
November 19th, 2005 at 1.08 am
I think this painting is rubbish. Maybe thats what the artist was trying to depict; England team is rubbish.