Saturday, March 22, 2014

World Cup '74 Portrait #6 (Johnny Warren: Australia)


graphite & putty eraser/30x21cm

Today’s randomly-chosen portrait subject is Johnny Warren, who was selected for the Australian 1974 World Cup squad, having been previewed to be in the FKS collectors’ stamp album commemorating the upcoming tournament (from which original source stamp was mechanically produced the harshly contrasted photocopy which serves as the ‘re-mediated’ drawing’s immediate reference, clearly informing an aspect of its appearance).

Warren subsequently played in his country’s momentous opening match at the first World Cup for which they’d qualified, a 0 – 2 defeat to East Germany (for whom it was also an inaugural appearance), after which he was discarded from the team.
In common with the great majority of the protagonists, I have no personal recollection of the player, but it appears he was a significant figure in & to Australian soccer, a stalwart player & great promoter & advocate of, who is another now longer with us.

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