Ron Kirwin is a Manchester born artist and lives and works in the region. He studied
at Newcastle-upon-Tyne Faculty of Art & Design where he graduated with a BA(Hons)
in Graphic Design & Illustration. A City Season Ticket holder, Ron has been following
the Blues for over 40 years through thick & thin and was introduced to the home
of football back in the 67/68 season by his Dad & Uncle where he subsequently thought
every season was going to be ladened with trophies!
Earlier this year I came up with the idea of producing something to celebrate the
10 year anniversary of the Play Off Finals in 1999. I decided to try and create
a watercolour painting capturing Paul Dickov's Goal, scouting far and wide to find
reference shots, grabbing screen shots off the dvd of the game and mixing them with
other bits to create a unique view of the goal that you won’t find anywhere else.
Once I had the reference the painstaking work began to paint the scene complete
with Wembley Crowd and scoreboard.
‘And Then it was Five’
The response was great and it wasn't long before I thought about what other famous
City goals to create. Kinky's goal against Southampton came to mind ... “one of
the few times I've seen a stadium empty at half time as everyone went to see the
goal again on TV”! But in the end I plumped for Hinchcliffe's goal against the Reds
back in 1989 which also coincided nicely with the 20th anniversary!!
I'm pleased to say things have moved on somewhat since I produced the play-off final work with City winning
the FA Cup and then trumping that the following season by becoming Premier League Champions. Both
have driven me to produce work to celebrate these events both as canvases and posters.
I hope you enjoy the work and hopefully City will keep me busy for many seasons to come. CTID!