Sutton artist Brian gets Olympic call

A SPORTS artist from Sutton has been asked to create a special piece of artwork of the British Olympic and Paralympic sailing teams - which will be sold to raise much-needed funds for the sport.

Brian West has been asked by The Royal Yachting Association to produce an original work portraying the sailing competitors at this year’s games - the fifth time that he has been commissioned to paint the British Olympic sailing teams.

And it marks another remarkable success for Brian (66), who only started painting seriously when he retired.

He said: “I’m very excited and honoured by this new commission.

“I’m trying to keep a unique style in my sports action work, which I call the ‘colour of movement’.

“This will be the perfect opportunity to present something new and vigorous, in keeping with the spirit of the British sailing teams.”

All of Brian’s previous commissions have also been sold to raise money to go towards the team’s competing costs.

The originals are sold at the ‘Sail For Gold’ auction at the London Hilton, with subsequent limited edition prints signed by all the sailors and the artist.

Brian is the son of an amateur artist from Mansfield and ran several successful engineering companies in the Sutton area – servicing the mining industry until taking early retirement in 1990.

It was after his retirement that he had the time to dedicate to his art - something that had always been an ambition.

Brian said: “I attended classes at a School of Art from the age of 10, when my involvement in both studying figurative movement and playing sports combined.

“If not playing football or cricket every daylight hour, I was sketching some athletic action or other. I inevitably found myself subsequently painting much more than playing.”

Brian is now rapidly becoming recognised as a leading sports artist, with the owners of his works including Sir Alex Ferguson, Gary Lineker, Peter Shilton, and David Gower.

His portfolio includes fabulous football nostalgia scenes from the golden age of the 50s and 60s, vibrant studies of famous sports personalities, racing and equestrian paintings, plus stylish depictions of music icons.

He also paints a wide variety of subjects and has even produced a cover for a Bob Dylan book.

More of his unique work can be seen by clicking here.