April 22, 2009

Vaughan the artballer

George Binoy

Michael Vaughan was at Lord’s the other day. He wasn’t there to play cricket, he was there to promote his art: Vaughan artballs (the verb form of Artballing). Not for him the gentle brushstrokes of Jack Russell, though; his style is less Picasso and more Jackson Pollock. He hits, bowls and throws cricket balls covered in red paint at a blank canvas to create impressions of his trademark shots and moments – the cover drive, the Ashes urn held aloft – with the help of a stencil. His works are going on sale for between £2,000-£30,000 and the proceeds will go to charity.

George Binoy is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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