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2012 Olympians Will Be Remembered Forever Through Teresa Witz’s Art

While many of us have been watching the London 2012 Olympics, Teresa Witz has been busy recording the events. She is one of ten artists selected to retell the story of the Games as part of the BT Art of Sport initiative.

BT is an Official Partner of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. The Art of Sport initiative is their contribution to the Games’ legacy. Artists involved have been granted access to some of GB’s top Olympians, drawing on them as inspiration to convey the passion and intensity of being an athlete performing at the highest level. Sale of the art works will be used to support sporting charities including Paralympics GB.

East Londoner Teresa Witz was born in Cyprus but brought up in Plymouth. She trained as an artist at Wolverhampton College of Art, receiving a BA Hons. Her formal education continued with a certificate in Art Education and Art Therapy from the Birmingham School of Art Education, and studying Fine Art Practice at Sir John Cass School of Art. Most recently Teresa completed an M.A. in Fine Art in 2001 and was awarded a Doctorate in Fine Art in 2008 from the University of East London.

She is no stranger to creating iconic images of sporting celebrities. Much of her earlier work was concerned with style, including recording David Beckham’s many reinventions.

Talking about the BT initiative Teresa said:

“For BT Art of Sport project I am currently working on portraits of a number of our athletes and aim through my particular style to capture the essence of the dreams, determination and dedication which has already taken them so far.”

Her work has gone down well with the athletes as many have tweeted their approval including Ashley Byrant (@Ashley_Byrant), Victoria Barr (@vicbarr82) and Perri Shakes-Drayton (@Shakesdrayton)

Teresa Witz has used her Toolkit Website to display some of the images in the album titled ‘The Art of Sport’

Teresa says:

"The experience of working with the BT Art of Sport campaign to contribute to the cultural legacy of the 2012 Games is delightful and inspiring"

Nine of Teresa Witz’s life-size portraits can be seen at Canary Wharf’s Jubilee Park until 9th September. The exhibition features UK athletes such as Mark Hunter, Victoria Barr, David Weir, Vanessa Raw, Perri Shakes-Drayton and Jeanette Kwakye. Further portraits of sporting Olympians including Zac Purchase and Lee Pearson will be exhibited in the Window Gallery of Canada Place Mall until 24th August.

More information can be found about Teresa Witz on her website designed by Toolkit Websites, where she regularly posts news and details of upcoming exhibitions. Follow Teresa on Twitter at @TeresaWitz

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