York portrait artist, Sue Clayton, is proud to show a selection from a larger project celebrating York City F.C fans, made into a 2023 calendar
The project came about upon a chance conversation on a park bench in the Museum Gardens last year. That chat with a fan, and his enthusiasm for his beloved club, inspired Sue to get to know more about her home city’s football team and it’s band of loyal supporters. In a wonderful coincidence, York City F.C are celebrating their centenary this year, as a result all 140 of these portraits will feature in a permanent art installation in the LNER Communtuy Stadium – home of York City F.C
The portraits created are in various medias including pencil, charcoal, watercolour, oil and acrylics. In one sense, each portrait seemed to dictate to Sue which media to use but she also wanted to use the different medias to portay the range of diversity of the supporters. The portriaits celebrates the rich tapestry of life – from babies to fans no longer with us but who will never be forgotten. There are marriages, best friends, sisters and brothers, fathers and sons, mothers and daughters, even Yorkie the lion mascot is in the collection!
Sue would like to give thanks to the wonderful community who supported her with this project but also for their warm welcome, turning her from football hater to a fan and season ticket holder in just one year! She and her son, James are now regulars in the South Stand each match.
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