When we first came across Adrian Mangel’s recent portrait series of famous footballers we knew we liked them, but it took us a second to pinpoint exactly why. His style is a bit off-kilter and precarious, yet possesses a fair amount of artistic integrity. The portraits — a collection of football greats ranging from Juninho to Michel Platini — are refreshing in their honesty.
“Art is too serious. People take art too seriously,” says Mangel on his website. “I try to reference things I actually like. Nothing is done in irony or satire; rather trying to bring the viewer forward and having him/her interact and participate with the piece… Art is intimidating and alien to people who don’t practice it. I want to throw that out the window and bring forward themes and concepts that are more universal in meaning.”