Renowned for her ability to capture cricketers and cricket matches on canvas, Christina Pierce has been named the Official Artist for the Mahindra Sri Lanka Premier League being held in Sri Lanka at present. Christina’s special area of interest is a combination of her amazing talent as well as her love for cricket.
As a graduate from Central School of Art, London, Christina has exhibited her work extensively in the UK and other countries. Her paintings of both county cricket and England players hang on the walls of businesses and private collectors and her shows include the Royal Academy of Art, Lords and Brit Oval. Her most recent commissions are portraits that she has done of Sachin Tendulkar, Imran Khan and Aravinda De Silva.
With her box of boards and paints, she has captured the spirit and atmosphere of the game as well as depicting players from the youthful grass roots to the test arena, featuring such players as Shane Warne, Andrew Strauss, Allister Cooke, Freddie Flintoff, Stuart Broad, Steve Harmisson, Jonathan Trott, Kevin Pietersen, Graeme Swann, Graham Onions, Matthew Hoggard, Sachin Tendulkar and Viv Richards, among others.
Christina’s “The Art of Cricket Yearbook” contains over 40 reproductions of her original sketches and paintings, all of which are available as limited edition prints.
Christina is in Sri Lanka during the SLPL and shall do limited, special edition paintings of cricket scenes from the matches and of the players and teams that will form part of the merchandise that will be sold or auctioned to raise money for displaced talented youth in Sri Lanka who have been affected by the war.
Expressing her delight at being the Official Artist, Christina said, “This is a special opportunity for me to participate in a new tournament, which will continue to grow over the years. For me, Asia has the most exciting cricket with the largest popular appeal and offers me new challenges, adventures and a new audience. Painting in Sri Lanka, with its unique light, will take me to a new level of energy and vision with its fabulous colours, vibrancy and textures.”
She added, “I love the energy of a T20 format, with all the attached entertainment and am looking forward to painting the beautiful stadium, players that I have always admired and to be there as new talent emerges.”