Monday, January 19, 2015

World Cup '74 Portrait #229 (Rinus Israel: Holland)

graphite & putty eraser, with watercolour pencil/30x21cm

The most recently-processed drawing in the Project is a re-mediation of an image of the magnificently bespectacled Rinus Israël, who was represented in such guise in the FKS ‘Wonderful World of Soccer Stars World Cup 1974’ sticker album, & selected for inclusion in the official Holland squad for the Finals. He appeared 3 times during the tournament, as a half-time substitute in the First Round victory over Bulgaria & subsequently as a late replacement, with the matches effectively won (at 3 – 0 & 2 – 0 respectively), in the Second Round triumphs against Argentina & then Brazil.

As might be expected in these parts, it proved impossible during the course of drawing not to have Siouxsie and the Banshees’ song ‘Israel’ running through one’s head, the second very specific correspondence of music & art over the duration of the project (the first being mentioned here, in connection not with the recent but the original drawing of Hector Yazalde, as fancifully referenced by Morrissey, who, of course, duetted with Siouxsie Sioux – very interesting, even though it’s near-impossible to countenance both of those artists being influenced in some way by the 1974 World Cup. However, in the world of TOoT, anything is possible!).

Also, at another tangent, that name has had us thinking of other footballers who share their surnames with that of a nation, so far coming up with but a few in the form of Mike England, Alan Brazil, Stephen Ireland &, perhaps most appropriately in relation to Rinus Israël, Pat & Matt Holland, whilst, pushing the boundaries admittedly, the mighty Graham French, once a featured visitor to this parish, has also been recollected. Any others?

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