"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

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, so it was quite a challenge to get it done in that timeframe. So I was quite pleased to be able to do that as you can’t afford to make mistakes.

"It was quite an honour that the club believed in me enough to allow me the opportunity to do it and the chance to go on stage to talk to the prestigious guests. I appreciate that."

Mosley's style ensures his work is very different to a number of his contemporaries painting about football and he is keen that his viewers can see the depth of his artistry.

"The club has been very good with me and it’s very forward-thinking," he explained. "My style is quite like Henri Matisse and Picasso, they are my influences. 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. If I can establish a relationship with a club like United and they see potential in me, it means I’m really along the right lines.

"My style is quite different – it might not be for everybody and some might say they’re not sure about it – but one thing people say is that the more they look at it, the more they see. It’s quite an original way of painting about sport and football in particular.

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