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Beckenham artist makes ace Andy Murray picture from tennis grips

PUBLISHED: 10:03 24 June 2014 | UPDATED: 13:18 27 June 2014

Richard Croft holding the picture of Andy Murray, which he made completely out of tennis grips.

Richard Croft holding the picture of Andy Murray, which he made completely out of tennis grips.

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When a local government worker decided to combine his love for art and sport in his spare time, he did it a little differently.

Richard Croft's charcoal picture of his mother.Richard Croft's charcoal picture of his mother.

Richard Croft, of Beckenham, has recreated Andy Murray’s iconic Olympic gold medal winning moment with his own version of the picture, made entirely out of tennis racket grips.

Richard explained: “I have done artwork on the side for a while now. This was basically an idea I had because I am quite into my sport.

“I was trying to think of new and creative ideas and I had a lot of tennis gear at home and went through my rackets and thought- something could be done here.

“It took me a while but I sourced the grips online and got most of them.

“I’d done a lot of artwork before but that was the first time I have done anything like this. It took me a while to get it prepared.

“I wasn’t sure how it was going to look at first, I was happy with it.

“People can’t really get their head around the fact that it’s made from tennis grips.”

With Wimbledon fast approaching, Richard hopes more people will see his work and that eventually the tennis star will sign it.

“I am trying to get it out there and I’d love to get Andy Murray to sign it. I am going to Wimbledon and people are saying I should take it with me!”

Richard said that he had studied Art at A level and completed numerous pieces of work but “nothing as random as this”.

He gave art up for a few years after completing his exams, but when his mother sadly passed away he made a chalk and charcoal picture of her, to give to his father as a Christmas present.

“That was the first piece I did in years,” Richard said.

“It went from there and I got back into my art.

“For about four years now I’ve been doing it on the side in my spare time.”

Richard has now moved on to his next project, a picture of Phil Taylor made entirely out of darts flights, which he hopes to have finished by December when the darts tournament starts.

“I am on to my next piece now, I am just trying to build up a little collection.

“I am doing it out of darts flights so I have managed to get a shed load of flights and I am going to base it on that and build a collage.”

To see more photographs of Richard and his work, pick up a copy of the Bromley Times on July 3.

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