Legendary Stature: A Journey Through Basketball Art
The roots of my fascination with creating basketball images trace back to my youth. As a child staying over at my god brother's house, I was captivated by his room adorned with basketball drawings. His skillful renderings, featuring iconic players like Dr. J, were embellished with their signatures, giving the illusion that the players themselves had autographed the artwork.
One vivid memory takes me to the Spectrum, where I frequented to witness basketball games in person. As a small child surrounded by towering figures well over 6 feet tall, the experience was nothing short of surreal. Grown adults running, jumping, crashing the boards – every move felt extreme. Even the pregame stretch became a spectacle, leaving a lasting impression on my young mind.
It wasn't just the game itself that enthralled me; it was the sheer stature of these athletes. Standing at a mere 3 feet, observing these giants in action was a dramatic contrast. The intensity they brought to every aspect of the game, both physically and emotionally, left an indelible mark.
Now, as I gear up for my solo art show at Brassworks Gallery in Portland, Oregon, on April 13, I find myself delving into these memories. Titled "Legendary Stature," the show is a homage to my fascination with witnessing basketball players in their element – the extreme human experience on display.
The artwork aims to capture not just the athleticism of the game but the larger-than-life presence of these athletes. Each piece is a testament to the awe-inspiring moments I witnessed as a child, surrounded by the giants of the basketball court.
In "Legendary Stature," I invite viewers to join me on this nostalgic journey, exploring the intricate details of each drawing that echoes the energy, passion, and sheer magnitude of the basketball world. It's not just about the game; it's about celebrating the legendary stature of those who make it unforgettable.