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Renowned Queenstown artist Ivan Clarke isn’t a big footy fan but he’s showing Rugby World Cup support through his Lonely Dog paintings.

The internationally-recognised painter has produced two originals of his celebrated dog characters playing the nation’s biggest sport.

The two paintings depict winning side the Howlers, in all-black, playing the Hornets, in yellow and white.

In Hat Tricks, Lightning Jack – named after Clarke’s newest hybrid Alveridgian hound puppy – fends off the opposition while wearing a controversial red beanie. The other, Studley and the Aviator, shows Studley diving for the try line while the Aviator flies towards him.

“I don’t really follow rugby…so no doubt the true rugby purists will enjoy making a long list of everything that I get wrong in the paintings. But they’d go a long way to find dogs playing rugby in organised teams,” Clarke jokes.
His latest creations add to the famous Lonely Dog series – the story of which is being published into a book next year. American film studio Warner Bros also bought the movie rights and the story will eventually make it to the silver screen.

Clarke – who never sells his originals – will have a limited number of his signed giclee oil RWC prints on offer at his Queenstown, Wellington and Auckland galleries.