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"My ambition is to try and paint about  sport in a way that has not been done within the art world before. I really think there is a place for it."

- Ben Mosley

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26/03/2013 11:24, Report by Adam Marshall
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Feature: A work of art

like to auction it off and do something at the United UNICEF dinner in December 2011 at Old Trafford.

"The Rooney painting was auctioned off and Wayne signed it for the person who won it. I met Wayne at Carrington and we had the photo together. At the dinner, I spoke on stage about the painting and Sir Alex was really good about it. He even posted a bid in for the painting and said: ‘Well done, Ben’. He was really nice to me about it all. One thing I really like about the club is, considering how big it is, everybody is so positive and friendly. It’s why the club has been so successful – I think success starts within and I’ve always thought that everybody is really upbeat and positive. It’s a really friendly club."

The next assignment was based around the concept of a 'live painting' which was very well received at a Foundation dinner at the Renaissance Hotel.

"I was introduced to Gill Mitchell at the Foundation and one of the things I’d been working on at the Olympics was doing a lot of paintings in front of live audiences," added Mosley. "I said I could produce a live painting at one of your dinners.

"So at St Pancras, I did a live painting of Irwin, Schmeichel and Law with the three poses of them when they were playing. I was given three-and-a-half to four hours to do that. I paint directly onto the canvas anyway as it gives a spontaneous feel. As I’m painting about sport, there’s a good correlation between the two as it gives me an arena with an audience as well. From that side of things, it gives more of a credibility in the link between the two and that was then auctioned off for the Foundation by Jeffrey Archer. The Rooney one went for £3,300 and the Legends one for £3,500.

"I enjoyed doing it as it was quite an achievement – it was probably the most highly-pressured thing I’ve ever done in my career to date. Being under that spotlight, the painting was quite technical with a lot of colour in it,

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