Continuing with the Half Man Half Biscuit-inflected ‘Subbuteo’-themed series of still life paintings, this latest composition – essentially a study of a slight reduction in scale of the represented objects exploring the potential of a larger, more complex proposition – references the title and subject of the song ‘I Was a Teenage Armchair Honved Fan’ and thus features our miniature heroes sporting the colours of Honved on the left, in the red and black strip, and their Budapest neighbours and rivals – to whom I became attracted and attached as a pre-teen and have favoured since – Ferencváros in the green and white to the right. I’ve blogged on the very subject of this teenage armchair fandom as it relates to European clubs teams previously, at some length and in some detail, but this recent series seems to be the first time I’ve made such allusions in paint.
‘Teenage Armchair Fandom (Subbuteo Budapest derby)’
oil on canvas/25cm x 35cm/June 2018
The pair of miniature figures are here represented as being placed in their cutout slots in the cardboard box of the type in which complete teams of players were/are presented for sale or otherwise in the boxed sets of the Subbuteo game, as will be obvious to anyone with even a passing acquaintance with such. It’s noticeable that the plastic bases reflect more highlights in this state than being placed on a horizontal surface as previous examples have been, which helps give a bit more painterly ‘zip’ to proceedings.