Beautiful Games: action paintings

Action painting – or, more broadly speaking, abstract expressionism – is a style of painting which artist Ben Mosley has used to powerful effect to capture the drama of sport. Like his predecessors in this genre, Wilem and Elaine de Kooning, Franz Kline and Lee Krasner, Mosley values spontaneity and creates his images by stroking paint directly on to each canvas in a gestural, dynamic fashion. Last summer he worked live at the Olympic site so as to foster a bond between his art and the athletes, and in doing so he effectively represented the unfurling action and emotion. Mosley, whose oeuvre also bridges figurative and cubist styles, is the first artist to ever paint a mural at Wembley Stadium and has a permanent collection of work on display in Club Wembley.

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