A CRICKETING legend has revealed how he loves to produce abstract art ahead of a visit to an exhibition in Ellesmere next month.

Phil Tufnell was speaking ahead of the National Art Exhibition which will officially open at Ellesmere College on June 1, in which he will be a featured artists showcasing a selection of pieces.

The former England international who played 42 test matches for England also revealed he comes from a family with a "history of creativity."

He added: "I love art, in fact, it's a close call between art and cricket.

"It's fantastic to get down to my studio, where I've got everything I need and I get tons of inspiration.

"I think people are sometimes surprised that art is my thing.

"I got an O Level in art at school, my only one, I was too busy playing cricket.

"My dad was a silversmith, so there's a history of creativity in my family.

"I even worked with my dad for a while when I was turning professional, and I loved it.

"I'm not a landscape water-colourist or anything, you won't bump into me and my easel on a country walk.

"Instead, I love to work in abstract art and with different techniques.

"My studio is full of spray-paint cans, because I really like the effects I can create."

Olivia Beckett, from Ellesmere College, said they are looking forward to opening the doors on the exhibition.

She added: "We are very excited about this exhibition and thrilled that the event has now been running for a decade.

"We have a fantastic collection of artists featured this year, as ever, and we are hoping it will be a huge success, with lots of sales.

"The talent on show is incredible and we look forward to opening our doors to others to see it.

The exhibition will be open to the public on June 2, 3 and 4.

For more information contact Olivia Beckett on 01691 626541 or olivia.beckett@ellesmere.com