The otherwise unrelated worlds of art and rugby collide in mesmerising style this Summer 2015, as the best-selling contemporary figurative exponent (and long-time rugby fan), Doug Hyde embraces the sport which coloured his formative years, with the advent of the universally-acknowledged Hyde’s brand new ‘Pride and Passion’ portfolio of unique limited edition pieces. Chief amongst which is this fabulous piece, singularly entitled, ‘Nerves of steel’.
Forever engrained in our minds is Johnny Wilkinson’s arm-powered drop kicks from yesteryear, yet fast forward more years than we care to remember and the award-winning Hyde graphically pits one man against one goal, painting him in an epic spotlight which coincides with this years forthcoming Rugby World Cup. Which is no surprise on account of Hyde being chosen as the official artist to the tournament, and hence this stunning new 4-part collection of hand-signed, lithograph mounted studies which are now in the public domain. Not that we envisage them staying there long, as Doug Hyde selling history suggests business will be as brisk as ever this season. You know the drill….