I’ve followed the ups and downs, mostly downs I must say, of Middlesbrough Football call for as long as I can remember. When I was a child I lived within a quarter of a mile of Ayresome Park, the Boro’s old ground, a stadium that has been superseded by The Riverside Stadium. My father had a part-time job as a gateman, then counting the cash takings and then as a steward so it’s fair to say that the club is definitely my blood if not my DNA. Some of the prints were inspired by squad numbers, the town, the players and some of the more exotic foreign players that have pulled on the blood red shirt. At the top a Premiership player has coffee break on his allotment, the allotment number is his squad number, while his terrier tries to cadge a piece of his ginger biscuit, a somewhat bizarre scenario. In the background is the Teesside industrial landscape. Below a centre forward from Central America returns for the new season with a weight problem and calls in at the fish and chip shop with his minders for a quick supper on the way home. The fish and chips are wrapped in the local Sports Gazette of course.
Paul Ince’s allotment. Linocut in eight colours printed on 300gsm Fabriano Artistico Extra White HP in an edition of twenty. Image size 260mm x 440mm. £150.00
Hamilton Ricard buys fish and chips. Linocut in five colours printed on 300gsm Fabriano Artistico Extra White HP in an edition of twenty. Image size 220mm x 300mm. £150.00