Sidney Crosby portrait part of Hockey Hall of Fame art show
Sidney Crosby portrait now part of the Hockey Hall of Fame’s travelling hockey-art show, which also includes painted pucks, sticks and sculptures.
A portrait of Team Canada captain Sidney Crosby is part of The Art of Hockey, a travelling exhibit run by the Hockey Hall of Fame.
Attention-grabbing goalie masks, painted pucks, shinny sketches and sculptures — these works of art are in a league of their own.
The Art of Hockey, a travelling exhibit run by the Hockey Hall of Fame, has also just scored a portrait of superstar Sidney Crosby, adding to its unique collection inspired by the sport.
“Everyone says the same thing — what kind of hockey art is there?” said Philip Pritchard, curator and vice-president of the resource centre at the Hockey Hall of Fame.
“We have some paintings, goalie masks, and we have original art works — Australian Aboriginal art on some hockey sticks,” he said. “We have original pieces that travel around not only to galleries but also hockey events” — those pieces include an Andy Warhol painting of Hall of Famer Rod Gilbert, a one-time New York Ranger.
All items are donated to the hall of fame, a not-for-profit registered charity, and the show has been on the road for about three years.
It features 35 pieces of art and illustrations, and another four dozen masks, sticks and sculptures.
The Crosby portrait, a watercolour by Toronto artist Jeff Sprang, shows the team captain sporting his gold medal from the Sochi Olympic Games.
Normally, Sprang likes to work from photographs he’s taken, but for Crosby he used screen captures from the television.
“I watched the final gold-medal hockey game and was watching his interview afterwards. I thought he showed so much humility, and there was a confidence there as well, which I tried to capture in the portrait,” said Sprang, who has also created and presented his artwork to the now-deceased South African icon Nelson Mandela and Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne.
Also included in The Art of Hockey are sketches from old journals and catalogues, newspaper cartoons, stamps and trophies. The Warhol piece was part of the famed artist’s series on athletes, completed in the late 1970s.
“The goal is to combine the love of hockey and the love of art, and to attract new people to follow art, and new people to hockey,” added Pritchard.