David Mach

Sir Alex Ferguson, b. 1941. Football manager (1996)

About this artwork

Born in Govan, Glasgow, Alex Ferguson joined Queen's Park FC as an amateur in 1957. He went on to play professionally for Dunfermline, Rangers and Falkirk. His career as a manager was launched in 1974 first with East Stirling and then with Aberdeen. His success in Scotland earned him the position at Manchester United where the number of trophies his players have brought back to Old Trafford has broken all past records. In Mach's large-scale portrait, hundreds of red postcards (United's colour) showing James Bond and Pussy Galore course through an enormous photograph of Alex Ferguson. The making of the image, was, Mach said, 'ridiculously labour-intensive'.

  • title: Sir Alex Ferguson, b. 1941. Football manager
  • accession number: PG 3044
  • artist: David MachScottish (born 1956)
  • depicted: Sir Alex Ferguson
  • gallery: In Storage
  • object type: Photograph
  • subject: Collage Sport and leisure
  • date created: 1996
  • measurements: 181.00 x 181.00 cm (framed: 191.60 x 191.70 x 9.50 cm)
  • credit line: Commissioned 1996
  • copyright: © David Mach
  • photographer: Antonia Reeve

David Mach

David Mach

David Mach was born in Methil, in Fife. He studied at the Duncan Jordanstone College, Dundee 1974 - 79 and the Royal College of Art in London 1979 - 82. He made a dramatic debut into the world of public sculpture in 1983 when he constucted the submarine Polaris out of thousands of tyres on the South Bank of the Thames. Other projects include the 'Big Heids' on the M8 motorway between Glasgow and Edinburgh. Mach's strikingly original sculptures and collages are created from found materials - coathangers, postcards, matches etc. He was elected to the Royal Academy of Arts in 1998.