The art of football

The art of football

The smiling face of Pelé, one of football's icons, is on display in our Summer Exhibition.  Andy Warhol based this silkscreen portrait of Pelé on one of his own polaroid photos of the footballer, which he took in 1977 after being commissioned to make portraits of sporting personalities.  

‘Pelé is one of the few who contradicted my theory: instead of fifteen minutes of fame, he will have fifteen centuries.’  Andy Warhol
 

‘He gave continuity to my life and my message outside of the football pitch.’  Pelé