Sunday, May 18, 2014

World Cup '74 Portrait #57 (Piet Keizer: Holland)


graphite & putty eraser, with watercolour pencil/30x21cm

The subject of this latest addition to the portrait collection is elaborately-coiffed Piet Keizer (a hairstyle that must surely be filed under ‘sculptural’), who was selected to appear in both the FKS & Panini ‘World Cup ‘74’ collectors’ albums, & also the official Dutch squad for the Finals, where he made but one appearance – the goalless first round draw with Sweden, the match featuring a performance of the iconic ‘Cruyff turn’ -  of Holland’s seven in the tournament during their progress to the final itself.

One of the charming features of the source images from which the drawings are processed is, of course, the period hairstyles they represent, with sideburns a plentiful accessory to, as is clearly observable from the progress of proceedings so far, with the promise/guarantee of much more to come, footballers serving as but a microcosm of the wider society & its fashions of the time.

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