by Aleks V |
If you've recently picked up an Aberdeen FC match programme, you've probably seen the work of sports artist Paine Proffitt. His work has been exhibited at The National Football Museum in Manchester. He also has artwork in the permanent collections of The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, The National Pastime Museum, and The World Rugby Museum. A native of Phoenix, Arizona, Paine has been living in England since 2001. His paintings, which marry sport with various artistic movements, feel at once nostalgic and new.
I chat with Paine on his daily life as an artist, his influences, and more.
|Paine Proffitt's work on display at The National Football Museum in Manchester, England. Photo: Paine Proffitt via Twitter|
Even though my work's gotten much better, I still have a lot of self-doubt about the work. I still get frustrated, angry and can lose confidence with myself and the painting ... it'll probably be something that I will always struggle with. I've found some ways to cope with it but it's still a driving, ever-present thing.
I've also been doing football/soccer artwork solidly for the last five years ... I'm not enjoying it and can feel that football artwork might be over for me now for a long time. After this season I may do the occasional pieces here and there, but they may be few and far between. My interests are changing and I want to focus on more baseball, ice hockey, non-sports and personal work for a while.
Painting almost exclusively football paintings for the last five years, it's been a challenge to constantly keep them fresh and new. There are only so many ways you can paint someone playing the game, so I'm always trying to find a new approach, composition or angle to the artwork, which isn't always easy.