Ooh la la! Artist sells to Tour de France winner
ART from Stroud is hanging on the wall of a millionaire sports hero's home in Monaco.
Mark Fairhurst has only been producing the 1930s art deco style works for a year and couldn't believe it when 2013 Tour de France winner Chris Froome ordered his prints.
Last Friday an order from a Christopher Froome came through on email, said Mark, from Chalford.
"I thought it was a joke or a coincidence," he said. "I was running around like a headless chicken for about an hour.
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"I just couldn't believe the man of the cycling moment had seen, studied and ordered several pieces of my work."
An artist for just one year, Mark has found a new career. He has been sending his elegant posters to customers in the USA, Europe, Australia, South Africa and Japan.
Thanks to a Twitter campaign he has built up a fan base that now stretches around the globe.
Team Sky rider Froome, who lives in the Principality on the south coast of France, saw the pictures online and ordered them from Mark.
Froome won cycling's biggest race this year, and became the second British rider to win it after playing second fiddle to Sir Bradley Wiggins in 2012.