Please Note: The Club Store will be closed from 3pm on Friday 20th December 2019 until Monday 6th January 2020, therefore collection will not be available during this period. Paintings are available for collection only. Refunds are unavailable for this product.
Former England wicketkeeper Jack Russell has completed an oil painting of the scene of England fielding during the 2019 Ashes Test Match at Emerald Headingley.
There is a limited number of prints available to purchase, but with just 100 made, they will be snapped up quickly.
The painting features a Jofra Archer bouncer flying past the batsmen’s head in front of a packed-out Emerald Stand. The match itself will live long in any cricket fans’ memory, with Ben Stokes’ heroics on the fourth day completing one of the greatest ever comebacks, and this canvas is the perfect memento to the game.
The original painting is set to be displayed on stairwell up to the East Stand Long Room at Emerald Headingley, allowing Yorkshire Members the best view of it.
Russell, who claimed 153 catches and 12 stumpings for England in Test cricket, has forged a career in painting since retiring from cricket and can certainly be very proud of the results on this occasion.
“I’m very pleased with it,” said Russell. “As an artist you’re never totally satisfied with anything because there’s always something you spot, but I put a lot of hours into it. I think we worked out it was over 400 hours. It took seven- or eight-weeks of 10/12 hour days to get it to that level, so I’ve put a lot into it.
“I loved doing it because there’s a lot of detail. When you’re watching a game of cricket, you don’t always watch what’s around you, but being a painter, you have to look at all the detail. To try and get the perspective right was a tricky thing to start with because the Emerald Stand is right in your face. It’s an amazing stand, and there’s also the old pavilion on the left. Hopefully one or two people can pick themselves out because I’ve kept it pretty much to the photos I took.”
The painting displays a remarkable amount of detail, ranging from the structure of the new stand to the people in their seats. For the cricket connoisseur, it is even possible to pick out the individual players.
“It’s the same as when I was playing cricket, I’m a bit OCD really,” Russell continued. “It’s 100% for me or not at all. It’s the only skill I’ve got left now so I give it my maximum attention. I just love the fact I’ve recaptured a moment in history, especially because it was such a great Ashes series and probably one of the greatest games of all-time. To actually have the honour of capturing it on canvas was a great thrill for me.”
The painting was commissioned by Yorkshire County Cricket Club Chief Executive Mark Arthur with a view to ensuring the historic occasion would be suitably celebrated.
Each print measures 58cm x 80cm costs £350 including VAT (£295 for YCCC Members). Get a little bit of Emerald Headingley history in your home or workplace.
Please Note: The Club Store will be closed from 5pm on Friday 20th December 2019 until Monday 6th January 2020, therefore collection will not be available during this period.