The exhibition featured a series of 7 mixed media and neon artworks by Louis Sidoli entitled "Famous For 15 Centuries" which were co-signed by Pele himself and exhibited alongside Warhol's original portrait of Pele from 1978. The exhibition comprised of original paintings & sculpture by internationally acclaimed artists including Lorenzo Quinn, Pedro Paricio & Ronnie Wood from the Rolling Stones. The exhibition, which took 3 years of planning, attracted over 50,000 visitors. Following the success of the London exhibition, it was also displayed at the National Football Museum in Manchester for an extended period.
“I was very honoured when Halcyon Gallery told me that they were going to create the Art, Life, Football exhibition to celebrate my 75th birthday in London. Art has played a big role in my life for many years and it has been a very humbling experience to have so many talented artists creating such beautiful work in my honour.” (Pele)
All images © Louis Sidoli