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Team Art

Olympic wall-to-wall coverage we can appreciate.

If you’re not a fan of sport and have more artistic leanings, the impending wall-to-wall coverage of the Winter Olympics looms like a dark cloud. But the event does have an artistic upside.

The British Olympic Association has commissioned an official artwork to celebrate our involvement in every Olympics since 1912 and the controversial Sochi games are no exception.

While Team Gay’s participation may not be overly welcome in Putin’s Russia, the official art commissions certainly counter that with Warhol and Hockney having contributed in the past. This time, GT National Treasure Sir Howard Hodgkin has painted the artwork to accompany Team GB’s trip to Sochi.

The Turner Prize winner and master of the HUGE brush stroke is no stranger to Olympic commissions having also created Swimming for London 2012.

Ice is his winter companion to the summer piece and – in typical style – is a bold, abstract expression of the movement, energy and chill of winter sports.

There’s a limited 350 signed copies of Ice available from print experts Counter Editions and we’re clearing space on the GT walls as we speak. GT

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Words Mark King

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