Matthew Pavlich has been hailed for his artistry on the football field but the Fremantle Dockers captain is stepping into another arena this weekend to open an art exhibition devoted to sport.
Pavlich will be taking it one exhibition at a time by opening Inside Running: The Sport of Art as part of the coming Perth International Arts Festival.
"People will get a real sense of the arts and sport coming together," he said when he visited the Fremantle Arts Centre yesterday.
Confessing that he did not have much of an artistic streak - apart from doing drama at school in Adelaide - Pavlich said that there were synergies between art and football.
"Generally, sport and art are mutually exclusive disciplines but they are similar in the discipline, hard work and the need to be creative and impulsive," he said.
"We are all about discipline and hard work and working for each other in the team but clearly there is the need for some artistic creation every now and then in our game."
Inside Running, which Pavlich will open tomorrow features nine artists whose passion for sport has bled into artworks about surfing, scuba diving, climbing, boxing and ocean rowing.
Melbourne artist Richard Lewer has recreated his local boxing gym, complete with pugilistic sounds and the smell of liniment.
Basketball-playing artist Nick Selenitsch has created a sticky artwork you can throw balls at.
"The exhibition is kind of fun but it also looks at the formal aspects of making art," Fremantle Arts Centre curator Ric Spencer said.
The Inside Running exhibition runs until April 7.
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