Olympic artist Teresa Witz is reunited with athletes at Canary Wharf exhibition

16:16 03 September 2012

Artist Teresa Witz (R) meets again with rower Mark Hunter, one of the athletes who took part in Sporting Champions, an exhibition of life-sized portraits of insipiring British Olympic and Paralympic athletes displayed in Jubilee Park.

Artist Teresa Witz (R) meets again with rower Mark Hunter, one of the athletes who took part in Sporting Champions, an exhibition of life-sized portraits of insipiring British Olympic and Paralympic athletes displayed in Jubilee Park.

Archant

An artist based at Bow Arts Trust caught up with Olympic athletes, at an outdoor exhibition of her work in Canary Wharf, as her original paintings are auctioned off.

Three of the ten athletes painted ahead of the Games were reunited with Teresa Witz at Jubilee Park, where life-sized scanned copies of her portraits are on show until September 9.

Rower Mark Hunter, born in Forest Gate, who aged 14 started training at Poplar Blackwall and District Rowing Club, was joined by rhythmic gymnast Frankie Jones, and track and field athlete Victoria Barr.

Mr Hunter, who was made an honorary graduate at University of East London, showed off his silver medal, although Ms Witz revealed he seemed the most disappointed of the three.

Ms Witz said: “It was fantastic to see them all again, they are all lovely. You feel you know them better as you perhaps do as you get so familiar with them while painting them.

“Mark seemed the most disappointed as he wanted Gold. The others didn’t win but will be going on to other competitions. For Mark it was properly the last time.”

The original portraits, which also include paintings of 400m hurdler Perri Shakes-Drayton from Bow and paralympic wheelchair athlete David Weir, are now being sold in a silent auction with the profits going to Paralympics GB.

She said: “I hope some of the paintings will go to somewhere where they will be seen by a lot of young people, such as sports clubs or community centres, so they will inspire future generations.”

Thus far one portrait of swimmer Jess Sylvester has been bought by playwright Ray Cooney as a present for his wife.

Visit www.highperformanceart.org.uk for the silent auction.

Latest Stories

Yesterday, 12:50
The man fell from the top floor penthouse above Barclays Bank in West Hampstead (Picture via Google StreetView)

A man who reportedly fell to his death from a penthouse in Hampstead while naked has been indentified as a Harley Street doctor who ran a Botox clinic.

Read more
Yesterday, 18:10
Police are advising members of the public not to approach John McClintock and contact officers immediately if they see him (Picture: Metropolitan Police)

Police are appealing for the public’s help in tracing a 26-year-old man who absconded from a bail hostel in Richmond yesterday.

Read more
Yesterday, 17:17
The Isufi family, from left back, mum Meri, daughter Ramela, dad Erion, son Richard and youngest son Clive (front)

A vast gathering of friends and neighbours stood outside the Barking home of a family torn apart by a car crash to pay their tributes to them today.

Read more

Quirky London

Quizzes

But which London?! [Photo courtesy of Basher Eyre]

You might know London like the back of your hand, but how well do you know the other Londons - and London landmarks - across the world?

Read more
The prize is glory (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

It used to be Manhattan that was famous for its majestic skyline, but now our fair city is catching up. Do you know your Shard from your Heron Tower?

Read more
Test your London musical knowledge with our album quiz (Images via Getty)

Does your music knowledge stretch from The Rolling Stones to Rudimental, Spandau Ballet to Siouxsie and the Banshees? If so then test it out with our London bands quiz:

Read more