Olympic tribute

August 19, 2008 at 7:51 pm 1 comment

As we’re in the midst of the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, I thought it would be appropriate to feature some athletic art!  Specifically, basketball related art, since our Men’s USA Basketball team is currently 5 and 0, with only 3 more games to the gold, and the USA has more gold medals in basketball than every other country combined (17 total golds).
When we think of paintings we tend to focus in on the famous impressionist landscapes, still lifes, modern streaks on a canvas, the floating objects of Dali, and countless others.  We sometimes forget the art in the everyday objects around us, particularly if they happen to be things like running shoes, a basketball, or a pair of goggles.  These things all have dimension, contours, and artistic design all of their own.

Capturing the feeling of such intense movements during a game within a painting brings the painting to life.  Frank Morrison, an artist whose works are all themed around urban lifestyles, has captured this intensity and movement of one man going up for a dunk and the other for a block.  I love the way he stretches out the figures to really show the action going on.

The number of sports related paintings I’ve done does not do my love of sports justice.  I’m an avid runner, and have three marathons under my belt, as well as one Half Ironman.  Perhaps once the rush of preparing for First Friday is over, I’ll experiment with more sports related art!  I’m taking a figure drawing class this fall at Fleisher Art Memorial, so that will help my currently sub-par ability to draw humans!

This is one of the paintings done by Frank Morrison, called No Limit, and also one of my own, called NBA.  For mine, I tore through the NBA.com photo galleries and tried experimenting with which different camera angles worked best.  This one won because there’s not a lot of people in the shot, so it’s not cluttered, and because I loved the intensity and action of the player coming up for dunk.


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  • 1. guest  |  August 20, 2008 at 3:55 pm

    Basketball is one of my passions; too bad this painting of Carmello already sold! Not sure if you did that intentionally for the Olympics – Carmello Anthony is one of the captains of the US Men’s team.


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