Gareth, whose portrait of Brian Moore was exhibited by the Institute of British Watercolourists, was born in Llanelli and played the game while a student in Bath. Now, though, he runs the lines in search of an interesting pose or conjunction of bodies. 'Some people call them arsehole paintings,' he reflects, 'but that's all you see on the touchline.'
Gareth, 47, from Farnham, in Surrey, is keen to point out that he is interested in painting subjects outside the game of rugby: he is just back from a stay at the British School in Rome, where he painted in the House of the Vestal Virgins. Even in Italy, though, he was not free from rugby's inspiration: the figures of the victims of Pompeii reminded him of rugby players 'in the way they crouched on the ground'. Gareth's ultimate ambition is to combine rugby and ballet. 'I'd love to stage an exhibition of rugby paintings and paintings of the Royal Ballet,' he says. 'The similarity between rugby and ballet is quite irresistible.'
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