I was delighted to receive a newsletter from a local art gallery. I had no idea that they had a connection with this true football legend.

Today we celebrate Pelé’s 80th Birthday and 5 years since the Pelé: Art, Life, Football exhibition at the Halcyon Gallery.

This exhibition honoured Pelé; his creativity, his life and his incredible sporting career with original paintings and sculptures from contemporary artists including Lorenzo Quinn, Mitch Griffiths, Russell Young, Pedro Paricio and Ernesto Cánovas. One of the highlights of the exhibition was Andy Warhol’s original 1977 painting Pelé; one of ten portraits which formed Warhol’s famous series: Athletes

Art has played a big role in my life for many years and it has been a very humbling experience to have so many talented artists creating such beautiful work in my honour.” – Pelé

Paul Green, President & Founder of Halcyon Gallery, added: ‘If ever the expression ”the beautiful game’ was applicable to one individual it was Pelé. And it is this beauty, this creativity, this human presence that we wanted this exhibition to capture and re-create on canvas, in sculpture, and in print’

See Pele at the Halcyon Gallery

Halcyon Gallery 144-146 New Bond Street is open by appointment
Monday – Saturday 10am – 5pm.

Pelé Travel, 2014 by Ernesto Canovas
Pelé Storm, Diptych, 2015 by Russell Young
Pelé by Andy Warhol,1977


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