Tim Cunliffe, Stained Glass Tutor Work On On ‘Shortlist’ Cover

26 Jun 2018

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The Last Misjudgement of Zidane

Tim Cunliffe (England)
29.5cm x 40cm, Stained glass

The artist says:

I picked the moment Zinedine Zidane headbutted Marco Materazzi during the 2006 World Cup final because it was one of the most dramatic and surprising moments in the tournament’s history. But also, from an artistic perspective, it is a very exciting composition – full of drama and violent energy. Zidane’s head has just smashed Materazzi’s chest and Materazzi is reeling, screaming out loud.

I also liked the idea of capturing such a violent moment in glass, because glass is fragile and delicate.

I used green for the grass, of course, and surrounded the head of Zidane with bright red to represent the red mist descending.

But I also wanted these bright colours to evoke early medieval stained glass. Being a stained-glass artist, I’m very interested in medieval art and this piece is a sort of echo of that style. Even modern football kits echo traditional medieval heraldry – almost always bold, block colours with crests depicting animals or weapons.

Tim will be teaching Painted and Stained Glass at The Mary Ward Centre from mid September for the academic year 2018-2019. His popular classes run on Tuesday mornings and Thursday evenings.

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