Jack Russell sits for portrait in preparation for Gloucester summer art festival – @WSPSolicitors Art in The City



A portrait of former England and Gloucestershire cricketer, Jack Russell MBE, is being painted by Russell Haines in advance of this year’s WSP Art In the City event organised by Marketing Gloucester. Now a successful painter with his own gallery in Chipping Sodbury, Jack will be painting and exhibiting at Art In The City on Saturday 14 and Sunday 15 July.

The festival will feature a Plein Air live outdoor painting competition on the Saturday, an Open Art competition and an Art Trail featuring many local artists and groups exhibiting over the entire weekend. Russell Haines is the creative director of the festival which takes place this summer. He hopes to follow his portrait of Jack with the competition judges PJ Crook, Swarez and Richard Parker Crook.


Portrait Sitting

When: 11.30am Tuesday 13 March 2018


Interview and photo opportunities will be available with:

Jack Russell MBE – Artist

Russell Haines – Art In The City creative director

Jason Smith – Chief Executive, Marketing Gloucester



Russell Haines Studio, Morelands Trading Estate, Bristol Road, Gloucester, GL1 5RZ


For more information, contact Ben Hau on ben@marketinggloucester.co.uk




Notes for Editors


Jack Russell MBE

International cricketer Jack Russell MBE has been a professional Artist for nearly 30 years. Self-taught, he decided to become a painter as a result of frustration at being stuck inside cricket pavilions when “rain stopped play”.


Jack paints a wide range of subjects. From landscapes, wildlife, military, portraits and sport. His paintings hang in public and private collections worldwide, from the Tower of London to The Bradman Museum in Bowral Australia. Sittings for his portrait paintings have included HRH Duke of Edinburgh, HRH Duke of Kent, ten Field Marshals of the British Army, Sir Norman Wisdom, Eric Sykes, and Eric Clapton. Sporting icons include Sir Bobby Charlton, Dickie Bird and Phil Taylor.


Jack’s cricketing pictures are legendary. He spent over 20 years in the thick of cricketing action for both Gloucestershire and England. Whether it’s a Test match or County match who could be more qualified to paint a cricketing scene? He knows the atmosphere and the technical detail of a cricket match inside out. After all, many of the cricket scenes he paints, he’s in them!


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Gloucester’s Summer of Music, Arts and Culture is the annual festival running throughout July and August, bringing together established events including the Gloucester Carnival, the Gloucester Rhythm & Blues Festival and Gloucester Goes Retro alongside newer events such as Art In The City. Visit SoMAC.org.uk to find out more.


Marketing Gloucester

The official Destination Management Organisation for Gloucester, it is a public private partnership promoting the City as a great place to live, work, study, visit and invest; locally, nationally and internationally. It organises award-winning events and festivals, delivering to the city and region hundreds of thousands of visitors and millions of pounds of GVA. It engages with businesses and investors and implements programmes to develop pride of place amongst residents.

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