Tracey Emin and David Shrigley celebrate Rio 2016

The artists have contributed to the official Team GB Rio Olympics print series, produced to mark the Games
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From left: Life Is Fantastic (2016) by David Shrigley, True Love Always Wins (2016) by Tracey Emin. Part of the official Team GB 2016 Prints. Image courtesy of Counter Editions
From left: Life Is Fantastic (2016) by David Shrigley, True Love Always Wins (2016) by Tracey Emin. Part of the official Team GB 2016 Prints. Image courtesy of Counter Editions

Artists have been a part of the Olympics longer than you might imagine. Pierre de Coubertin, founder of the International Olympic Committee, included artistic competitions in the 1906 games, and a Cultural Olympiad has remained a part of this largely sporting event ever since. 

While there are no longer any formal prizes for artistic attainment, the games still offer artists an opportunity to support their country. In 2012, a team of artists, including Bridget Riley, Chris Ofili, and Rachel Whiteread, all created prints to celebrate the London Olympics and now, four years later, the baton has been passed on.

 

Sweat (2016) Eddie Peake. Part of the official Team GB 2016 Prints. Image courtesy of Counter Editions
Sweat (2016) Eddie Peake. Part of the official Team GB 2016 Prints. Image courtesy of Counter Editions

Tracey Emin, Anne Hardy, Howard Hodgkin, Sarah Jones, Eddie Peake, Benjamin Senior, David Shrigley and Sam Taylor-Johnson have made works the official Team GB print series, produced by the London firm, Counter Editions.

Emin – perhaps the best known of the eight – focussed on the games location, with her depiction of the Rio landmark Christ the Redeemer; Peake drew on the experience of extreme exercise; and Shrigley depicted the Olympic torch big ice cream. What a winning combination.

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