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Counter Editions unveils official prints for Team GB at the Rio Olympic Games

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Tracey Emin: True Love Always Wins for Counter Editions’ Team GB Rio 2016 series

Counter Editions has released the official prints for Team GB at the Rio Olympic Games, featuring artworks by Sam Taylor-Johnson, Howard Hodgkin, Tracey Emin, David Shrigley, Anne Hardy, Sarah Jones, Eddie Peake and Benjamin Senior. The eight artists were asked to create unique images in celebration of Rio and Brazil, inspired by the British Olympic team.

Some of the artworks capture the tense energy of the sporting action, such as Benjamin Senior’s op-art lithograph of swimmers, Stroke Tempo, and Eddie Peake’s typographical screenprint Sweat. Others draw from the location, such as Emin’s emphatic True Love Always Wins depicting the host city’s iconic Christ the Redeemer; and Hodgkin’s The Road to Rio which uses Brazil’s flag colours. David Shrigley’s Life is Fantastic adds some humour to the mix with an Olympic torch that looks uncannily like an ice cream cone.

The series follows on from Counter Editions’ official prints for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, which in turn revived a tradition started in 1912 for releasing artworks to celebrate the Games. The 2012 prints were created by a line-up including Bridget Riley, Martin Creed and Bob and Roberta Smith, as well as Emin and Hodgkin who return for this series.

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Benjamin Senior: Stroke Tempo for Counter Editions’ Team GB Rio 2016 series

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Eddie Peake: Sweat for Counter Editions’ Team GB Rio 2016 series

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Howard Hodgkin: The Road to Rio for Counter Editions’ Team GB Rio 2016 series

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David Shrigley: Life is Fantastic for Counter Editions’ Team GB Rio 2016 series

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Anne Hardy: Reflection for Counter Editions’ Team GB Rio 2016 series

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Sam Taylor-Johnson: Wanderer Above the Sea of Dreams for Counter Editions’ Team GB Rio 2016 series

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Sarah Jones: Cabinet (Spiral) for Counter Editions’ Team GB Rio 2016 series