FRHS ART INSTRUCTOR PRESENTS “THE ART OF SPORT” EXHIBIT AT ELM STREET STUDIO
The Art of Sport, by Chris Brown
Exhibition: September 4 to October 4
Reception, Friday, September 20, 6 to 8 pm
“Having been an athlete until I was 29,” says Brown, “sports were always very important in my life. Years ago, when attempting to create an artistic identity I decided it was important to focus on a subject that would always hold my attention but would also have new subject content. I truly believe Sports Art is the modern, artistic way to celebrate the human form.”
Baseball was a huge part of Brown’s life, attending Cowley County College, then Northwestern State University, on a baseball scholarship. He was drafted by the Cubs as well as several independent pro teams and enjoyed playing professionally until 2003.
Brown says, “In 2009 I was approached about being the artist for the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame and being a former pro athlete helped land the job. Not only my artistic skill but my relationships and how I relate to the athletes is very important.”
Since then he has created 106 portraits for the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame. Some notable portraits include Shaquille O’Neil, Peyton Manning, Reggie Wayne as well as recent Pro Football Hall of Famers Kevin Mawae and Ed Reed. In addition to his work with the LSHOF, Chris teaches art at Fossil Ridge High School and enjoys painting commission projects for clients wanting anything from little league player portraits to sports enthusiasts adding to their collections.
A portion of art-print sale proceeds from this exhibit will benefit Platoon 22. For more details, visit www.ElmStreetStudioKeller.com.