DONCASTER Rovers may not be everyone’s idea of the ideal subject for a work of art.
But for Manchester-based sculptor Paul Dodgson, it’s a perfect topic.
Paul has sculpted a creation entitled ‘Doncaster Rovers v Port Vale’ which is one of the centrepieces of an exhibition of his work in the borough.
The work shows three players - two in Rovers jerseys, one in a Port Vale top, apparently battling for the ball in a match.
Paul’s exhibition is the latest to start at Doncaster Museum and Art Gallery on Chequer Road and runs until Saturday April 23.
The sculptor is known for his quirky and amusing wooden and ceramic figures, according to bosses at the gallery.
It is not just Rovers who are depicted in the exhibition, called New Work by Paul Dodgson.
The show also includes figures of businessmen striking strange poses - and a sculpture of an armadillo.
Paul said his work was inspired by Staffordshire pottery figures, surrealism, and the Chinese Terracotta Army.
He said: “I hope each person who sees the sculptures will think of their own unique story and in this way have an experience where they enjoy not only my creative endeavours but their own as well.”
Paul studied at Wimbledon School of Art in London before completing his studies at the Royal College of Art.
He is currently employed as senior technician at the Whitworth Art Gallery in Manchester and also teaches on the Fine Art Degree Course at the University Centre at Blackburn College.
He will also be running a marionette-making workshop at the museum on Saturday April 9. He has already impressed Coun Cynthia Ransome, Doncaster Council’s cabinet member in charge of art galleries.
She said of his sculptures: “Their interesting costumes and strange gestures really capture the imagination.”