The Art of Cricket Calendar and Desk Diary
The ART OF CRICKET YEARBOOK AND DESK DIARY was with the ART OF CRICKET CALENDAR in 2011. Chrissy will be continuing the DESK DIARY in 2013.
A CD sized, glossy, page a month calendar with oil paintings by Christina Pierce, photographs by Christopher Bishop and a foreword by England captain, Andrew Strauss.
The front cover is a painting of Andrew Strauss celebrating his 100 runs against the Aussies in the famous 2005 Ashes series, done for his benefit last year. Wide Ball has been selected by the Australian Cricket Art Prize to be shown on their touring exhibition.
Turley Associates is delighted to sponsor the 2011 Art of Cricket Calendar. Christina's pictures capture that elusive spirit of cricket,it's breadth of appeal, passion, action and colour. In short it's art.
Turley Associates is a leading town planning and urban design consultancy assisting professional and amateur sports clubs with development of their facilities across the UK.
"I have long been an admirer of Chrissy's cricketing paintings, and was delighted that she agreed to capture some of the most iconic moments of the Ashes 2009 for my benefit last year.
"I hope everyone enjoys the paintings included in this calendar. To me there is no-one better at recreating the emotion and beauty of a cricket match." Andrew Strauss MBE
The Art of Cricket 2010 Yearbook
“A marvellous book, the paintings are superb” Tim Rice
Stuck for that individual Christmas present? Cricket artist, Christina Pierce, has put her creative talents towards a 2010 Cricket yearbook and desk diary, combining a beautifully produced series of paintings with information on cricket.
“Very few, if any, artists have conveyed as vividly as Christina Pierce the colour, the passion and the moments of urgent action that are typical of cricket. There is a life and movement in these paintings that could only be achieved by someone with both a mastery of her craft and a real feel for the game.” Christopher Martin-Jenkins
Following the success of the previous Cricket Yearbooks 2008 and 2009, Christina has now designed and produced an updated version, ‘The Art of Cricket’ 2010 yearbook and desk diary. Previously targeted at the major counties membership and shops, schools and clubs, the new diary is now also available in all good bookshops, across the whole of the UK and abroad, making a perfect gift for cricket lovers of all ages.
Illustrated with a selection of paintings, sketches and photographs capturing the spirit of our traditional game, no aspect is missed; from the high tension of crucial test match moments to the balmy sunny days on a village green. Action paintings feature Kevin Pieterson, Freddie Flintoff, Satchin Tendulkar, Brian Lara, Ashley Giles, John Crawley, Shane Warne, Michael Carberry, Alastair Cook, Matthew Hoggard and the winning Ashes team of 2009. Leather on willow, wicker hampers, old-style cricket boots, blazers and gloves hanging from a pavilion peg mingle with abstract atmospheres, action paintings and well known grounds. All the characters are here, groundsmen, umpires, boys enjoying Colts’ night and the cut-throat reality of the opening bat.
‘Sit down at a cricket match and there is every chance that Christina Pierce will sketch you into her latest painting’ observes Richard Spiller, Sports Correspondent. Far from being just a coffee table art book, this is a beautifully produced embossed hardback desk diary printed in full colour.
Each illustration sits opposite a 2 weeks to a page diary, with alternate double page spread pictures, punctuated by photographs by Christopher Bishop.Information on cricket grounds and cricket development from eighteen major counties, Ladies’ Cricket, ECB, PCA, MCC, Bunbury CC and Barmy Army is listed at the front of the book. ‘There are so many interesting things to see and it is the ones around the edges which often interest me as much as the big events, like the eccentricities of the umpires and the old boys selling the score cards’ says Christina. ‘Cricket lovers will assure you that cricket is indeed an art form’, comments cricket writer Wendy Lloyd. ‘Artists have celebrated cricket since the 1770s and over the years their paintings have moved from the traditional and formal, to individual and atmospheric depictions capturing the spiritual essence of the game. The year may pass but you could never tire of turning the pages on these sensitive and evocative paintings. The Art of Cricket yearbook is beautifully produced and is a delight as each picture touches the senses and says everything about the game we love’.
"Something for the Discerning...
"One of the pleasures in collecting cricket merorabelia is coming across little gems in a most unexpected moment. During November 2009 I was looking through my Wisden for stastistical information when I came across a reference to a book titled 'THE ART of CRICKET 2009' which was recommended. Almost simultaneously I found a reference the 2010 edition of the book. The requested details came directly from the author and artist, Christina Pierce, a surprising personal touch.
The item is a splended, high quality yearbook and desk diary, 9.5 x 9”, hardback with dust covers, 80 pages with profuse illustrations, photographic representations by Christopher Bishop and excellent artistic images by Christina. It is a brilliant Christmas present - at £19.95.
"Why am I eulogising about a diary? Because it is about cricket and as well as being functional it is a thing of beauty. I believe it will become a collector's item as the years pass by. Profusely illustrated, it includes information about each County plus the MCC, England women's cricket, the PCA and Bunbury Club, and covers the whole year. I have used mine for the collection of signatures of the county captains and coaches of teams visiting Old Trafford. The back copies of 2008 and 2009 enhance my book shelves and confirm the comment in Wisden 'warmly welcomed'." - Bill Greenwood CRICKET MEMORABILIA SOCIETY - www.cricketmemorabelia.org Dec 2010
“A really beautiful piece of work” FB Morgan, President Elect, International Cricket Council
“Wonderfully evocative paintings which engender a yearning for the cricket season” Headmaster, Royal Grammar School
“A delightful cricket yearbook, a beautiful publication” Paul Sheldon CEO Surrey Cricket
“It is the ultimate flattery when an artist of Christina's quality puts you on canvas. Her paintings have intimacy and life. She has the ability to capture the moment, there is more here than just cricket...” Ashley Giles, Test Cricketer and Art Collector
“ A delightful publication... ” The Rt Hon Sir John Major
“Wonderfully evocative oil paintings...” Christopher Martin-Jenkins, Journalist, Times Cricket Correspondent
“A real treasure...” David Collier, Chief Executive, England and Wales Cricket Board
“A really beautiful piece of work for which I am grateful...” David Morgan, President-Elect, International Cricket Council
“A quality publication, I will be most pleased to give it a place of prominence here at Durham CCC...” David Harker, Chief Executive, Durham County Cricket
“Very interesting Art...” Gavin Darby, Chief Executive Vodafone Americas/Africa/China/India
“Chrissy you are a star and without you we would have never seen such a fantastic collectable as the Yearbook...’ John Crawley, Cricketer, Lancashire, Hampshire and England
“Christina Pierce is a legend in our eyes. Her Art of Cricket Yearbook and Desk Diary is a work of rare beauty...” The Barmy Army
“A beautiful book...” Patrick Moore, Astronomer and Cricket Fan
“What an incredible publication! You should be proud of what is a true work of art...” Paul Maylard-Mason, Chief Executive, Leicestershire County Cricket
“I am absolutely delighted with your cricket yearbook, I have been looking around for years for a cricket themed diary/journal and now I've found one...” Ian Martin, National Disability Cricket Manager, ECB
“I really like the book, CONGRATS...” Jason Ratcliff, Assistant Chief Executive, PCA
“Your paintings are truly lovely...” Lord Myners
“A beautiful publication which takes pride of place on my desk...” Craig Considine, Headmaster, Millfield School
“A wonderful gift...” Sister Wendy, BBC Arts Presenter
“Wonderful paintings...”Tim Graveney
“As I look back on John's benefit year I really do think that the multiple impact of your wonderful work in the Yearbook, paintings and prints truly set a style and tone of quality and originality...” Nick Pike ex-Chief Executive Hampshire County Cricket and John Crawley's Benefit Chairman
“The pictures are absolutely stunning and I will enjoy using this as my desk diary...” Paul Bedford, ECB
"I am the proud owner of your signed 2009 yearbook, and have from then on purchased one yearly for my godson Edward F. Dawson, who played briefly as a medium to fast seamer for Gloucestershire, and whose Grandfather, a great friend of my uncles, Peter and George Kemp Welch, was Edward W Dawson, who played for England, as my uncle, several times; all history now, and in fact I have seen you, and your sons several times at the Oval, and I am certain we were sitting adjacent for the forty forty Glamorgan Surrey match, in the pavilion, at the Oval this summer, however you were preoccupied, and I too shy to say hello.This is only to say how much pleasure your work in these diaries has given me, and requires no acknowledgement, yours aye Jamie Munro"