How this iconic Rashford painting was created

Tuesday 20 July 2021 12:07

Local artist and Old Trafford season-ticket holder Justin Eagleton has paid tribute to Manchester United striker Marcus Rashford, with an iconic painting of our homegrown hero.

Rashford has received a tidal wave of support over the last 10 days after he disgracefully received racist abuse online following England’s penalty shootout defeat to Italy in the Euro 2020 final.

A glorious mural of Marcus in Withington was shockingly defaced, but love quickly overcame hate when fans from the local community and beyond decorated it with passionate messages of support.

Eagleton, born and bred in Manchester, watched these events with horror and decided to share his personal tribute to a man who continues to set an example for us all to follow.

Amazingly, the lifelong Red has also shared with us a video that reveals exactly how he created the work of art, with around 16 to 20 hours of hard work edited down into just 90 seconds...
Watch how Eagleton created his incredible painting of Rashford.

“I finally edited together my Marcus Rashford artwork, which I created over six months ago now but in light of the recent events I thought it was worthwhile putting this painting out there,” says Justin. “It is another positive portrait of this incredible young man and all that he stands for.

“For me, there is no better role model for young people today than this ‘23-year-old black man from Withington and Wythenshawe, South Manchester’,” says Eagleton, quoting Rashford’s words. “He quite rightly should never have to apologise, in his own words ‘for who I am and where I came from’.


“This painted acrylic and mixed-media portrait is my own tribute to Marcus Rashford MBE and the timelapse captures 16 to 20 hours of painting and collage time, broken down into 90 seconds.

“Alongside other amazing paintings of Marcus – such as the iconic one painted by my good friend and ‘street-artist’ Akse P19, plus so many amazing messages of support – we are all showing how much this young man means to us and more importantly that we will always conquer hate with love. No matter who you support we should all be united and not divided in the fight against racism.”

Eagleton says if there is enough interest in the painting, he may produce limited prints to raise funds for the FareShare UK charity that Marcus proudly supports. 

For more information, visit or contact him on Twitter via @JustinEyekons.


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