Teofilo v God
This painting is to celebrate the life and contribution of Roberto Garagnani - A shining example of the spirit of Old Subbuteo, tragically succumbing to illness in the Summer of 2011.
A local artist Jenny McClelland agreed to create a painting in room of the Stadium of Fingers, based on Michelangelo's Creation of Adam, with Roberto playing the part of Adam...
Cubist or Spherist?
in 2011, Howard Robinson, a well-known local landscape artist agreed to turn his brushes to Subbuteo - Cubist style.
There might be an argument that the resulting painting could be Spherist(?!) Feel free to debate this for hours...
One Sunday in 2013, Lucien Simon was displaying his work along Bayswater in London, as is the habit of local artists.
When asked if he could paint a surrealist painting of Subbuteo, his answer was (i) "Yes", and (ii) "What's Subbuteo?"
A spot of research later, and few exchanges to confirm some resulting queries, Lucien disappeared into a darkened room.
The resulting painting shows amongst other things, a clock set to kick-off time, and the Hobby birds circling the scene.
The artist was asked for the meaning of the insect over the ball.
Was it a hornet for Watford FC's Hornet(?) Brentford FC's Bee(?), or the noise replicating a vuvuzela, made famous during the World Cup in South Africa? 🤔
No... It transpired that the artist often includes this insect in many of his paintings! 😄
Stadium of Fingers
Created by John Thompson in 2018, this graphic of the Stadium of Fingers was the result of a few options which were explored, to see which might best capture the essence of Subbuteo.
The first set of options featured the players in front of the main grandstand and an action close up. The other option was the view of the SoF with the blimp. This one was chosen.