April 22, 2009

Vaughan the artballer

Michael Vaughan was at Lord’s the other day

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