10,000 Hours

United Kingdom

Size: 55.1 H x 43.3 W x 2.4 in

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Art Description

Painting: Oil on Canvas.

In April 2017, I photographed Boxer Anthony Joshua during a training session at Wembley stadium, ahead of his championship fight against Wladimir Klitschko. He was a strong, powerful, imposing figure who radiated charisma and positivity. I asked some young fans who were there to see their hero prepare for his big fight why Anthony Joshua was so inspiring. There was an overwhelming sense that they could relate to him, his struggle, his ambition, his journey; they felt if he could do it, so could they. AJ represented everything they could be and everything they could achieve through hard work and dedication. One of the fans, Nigel Wallace, said the AJ feeling was 'infectious'. I realised this wasn't so much about inspiration, but aspiration and in this painting I wanted to capture both the god-like presence of the subject, but also his humble attitude and resounding commitment to his sport. The portrait is ethereal, but also presents a man who has fought to be the very best, and is now invigorating the next generation with a renewed sense of ambition, aspiration and direction.

Keywords: Portrait, Power, Blue, Sportsman, Boxer, Boxing, Role Model, Urban Art, Aspiration, Icon, Male, Anthony Joshua

Subjects: Pop Culture/Celebrity

Styles: Figurative, Pop Art, Portraiture, Street Art, Modern

Mediums: Oil

Materials: Canvas

Prints: Pop Culture/Celebrity Art Prints, Figurative Art Prints, Pop Art Art Prints, Portraiture Art Prints, Street Art Art Prints, Modern Art Prints, Oil Art Prints, Canvas Art Prints

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