John Anthony Portsmouth Football Club Westwood
by Karl Rudziak
1200 x 2000 mm
Karl Rudziak studied art, design and media at the University of Portsmouth and won the Portsmouth Open Art Competition, 2008.
Rudziak has lived in Portsmouth all his life and wanted to paint a portrait that expressed the different elements of the city’s community. The local football club’s success in winning the 2008 FA Cup gave him the opportunity to paint Westwood, an ardent supporter of the team. During the sittings, Rudziak came to understand that Westwood’s tattoos and costume were not simply an attention-seeking display but a way of externalising his deep passion for Portsmouth FC and reflecting his inner self.
© Karl Rudziak