FINE ARTIST

Acknowledgements to The National Football Museum's Tim Desmond and David Mansell for making this exhibition possible.

Commissioned by Eric Cantona, 'From Moss Side to Marseille' is a collection of fine art pieces by Michael J Browne which chronicle the relationship between sport and modern global politics.

Co-curated by legendary football virtuoso and art lover Eric Cantona, the collection features specially chosen themes and subjects which have influenced both his life and Michael Browne’s. Cantona and Browne have shared a unique creative process on the works, with Cantona’s direction influencing Browne’s execution.

The figures depicted in these works are notable individuals who have used their positions to advocate for social change, despite the great personal cost this often incurred. Presented in Browne’s distinctive figurative style, the collection recasts his and Cantona’s sporting heroes as protagonists in a new modern mythology.

Presented in Browne’s distinctive figurative style, the collection recasts his and Eric Cantona’s sporting heroes as protagonists in a new modern mythology.

In 1996, Browne established a long-lasting friendship with Eric Cantona, and began working on his famous ‘The Art of the Game’ painting which chronicled Cantona’s return to football after his ban. The National Football Museum has displayed Browne’s ‘The Art of the Game’ since 2012, where it has featured in the permanent galleries amongst hundreds of other artefacts exploring football’s history and place in society.

For the ‘From Moss Side to Marseille’ exhibition ‘The Art of the Game’ was joined by nine additional pieces of work which complete the Eric Cantona Collection and present a rich tapestry of heroes close to the hearts of the exhibitions joint curators, Browne and Cantona.

For the ‘From Moss Side to Marseille’ exhibition ‘The Art of the Game’ was joined by nine additional pieces of work which complete the Eric Cantona Collection and present a rich tapestry of heroes close to the hearts of the exhibitions joint curators, Browne and Cantona.

Michael’s has also had work hung at the National Portrait Gallery, as well as in public collections and one-man exhibitions in London and Manchester.