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Last Updated: Friday, 20 April 2007, 10:20 GMT 11:20 UK
Rugby in the frame

Proffitt in his studio working on painting Future Glories

American artist Paine Proffitt's 'Rugby in the Frame' exhibition was commissioned by Jed Smith, curator of the Museum of Rugby at Twickenham, and runs until 4 November

Artist Paine Proffitt at work

After living all around the world as a child, Proffitt is now married and settled in England, where friends introduced him to rugby union, which is now his artistic inspiration

Future Glories, by Paine Proffitt

Future Glories, 2007 - The central panel of a triptych inspired by medieval European church painting, and showing the 20 competing nations in the 2007 Rugby World Cup

Detail of "Future Glories" by Paine Proffitt

Detail of Future Glories, 2007 - World Cup holders England, at the centre of the three-part painting

Under the Southern Cross, 2005, by Paine Proffitt

Under the Southern Cross, 2005 - "One of my first attempts at breaking up the surface of a painting. I was inspired by Chagall, whose paintings are like stained glass" - Paine Proffitt

Finding a Way, 2006, by Paine Proffitt

Finding a Way, 2006 - "The trophy is a reminder that England are still world champions. The dislocated head creates a sense of unease as the trophy slips from their grasp" - PP

The Passion And The Glory, 2006, by Paine Proffitt

The Passion And The Glory, 2006 - "Many aspects of this are like Robert Delaunay's cubist painting 'L'Equipe de Cardiff'" - Jed Smith

Irish Crossing, 2006, by Paine Proffitt

Irish Crossing, 2006 - "I've worked in the names of my wife's family and a friend on the pubs. They introduced me to rugby" - PP

Highland Way, 2006, by Paine Proffitt

Highland Way, 2006 - "Scotland has one of the longest rugby histories, having won the very first international match in 1871. Paine emphasises dark blue for national pride" - JS

All Welsh Rugby Players Go To Heaven, 2005, by Paine Proffitt

All Welsh Rugby Players Go To Heaven, 2005 - "This was the first time I used a dreamlike, surreal, narrative approach, inspired by Chagall" - PP

Pacific Wind, 2006, by Paine Proffitt

Pacific Wind, 2006 - "This uses colours that appear in the Fiji kit and flag. The player is loosely based on winger Rupeni Caucaunibuca" - PP

A Hope not forgotten, 2006, by Paine Proffitt

A Hope Not Forgotten, 2006 - "In the 1980s Romania were close to joining the Five Nations. Despite reaching the World Cup, they are still only a ghost of their former selves" - JS

Cherry Blossom Honour, 2006, by Paine Proffitt

Cherry Blossom Honour, 2006 - "Mount Fuji is a national symbol of Japan. The wave and mountain are inspired by Katsushika Hokusai's 'Beneath the Wave off Kanagawa'" - JS

African Promise, 2007, by Paine Proffitt

African Promise, 2007 - "Like Chagall, Paine has broken down this Namibian image into basic geometric shapes. The right arm became ground for the smaller players to walk on" - JS

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