Stanley Chow – Football’s answer to Picasso

Relax. You’re not trapped in some strange cubism dream with Picasso at the helm. The mushrooms you’ve eaten were in fact supermarket friendly, and, yes, that’s Eric Cantona. You’re in gloomy Manchester, in the less gloomy National Football Museum. Many relics have graced these cabinets and walls, but today I find myself indulging in a very cool exhibition.

Stanley Chow – Manchester raised by parents who emigrated from Hong Kong – has kindly displayed some of his wonderful work for all to admire.


Chow has gone on to achieve a variety of accolades for his vector-based illustrations. These include doodles for WWE, McDonald’s, The New York Times, and a special edition Mundial front cover. His commissioned work boasts quite the catalogue. Highly impressive for a chap who began his trade sketching on chip paper with a biro in his parents’ chip shop.

Today, though…today’s about the football. As is every day. Printed on smooth canvas, bright colours, Alan, Zinedine, Eric, Gianfranco, Paolo, Cafu – an absolute fucking dream team. Fantasy football for the graphic designer. Shapes for eyes, shapes for mouths, shapes for ears and noses  – Shape City. All 100% recognisable. Chow’s made geometry cool. Show me Chow in GCSE Maths, and I may not be the failure I am today. Give the man a worldwide tour of schools. He’d be the new Pythagoras.


It’s like Minecraft for the football boffins. I love it. You will too.

You can check out Stanley Chow’s Exhibition in the Manchester National Football Museum – it’s free & it’s on until June.

Can’t face the trip to Manc? HATE GLAZIER? Check out Stan’s work online.


IG: stan_chow

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