ANDY BROWN: DIAMONDS ON CANVAS - The art of baseball
From PNC Park’s majestic backdrop of downtown Pittsburgh, to the dirt infield of the hallowed Koshien of the NPB, amongst the cheer squads of the KBO and passionate fans of the CPBL, using paint on canvas for over 5 years I have captured baseball worldwide.
PNC Park, Pittsburgh, August 2018
My name is Andy Brown and I am an award-winning British artist. For over half a decade I have travelled the globe with my paints to document baseball: ballparks, stadiums, the players and people who make up the game. So far I have worked in the US (MLB, MiLB, Independent Ball), Korea (KBO), Japan (NPB), Taiwan (CPBL), and China (CBL). Last year alone I attended 67 games in 4 different countries painting the ballparks and games live, along with the many people who surround it.
In June 2019 I will leave my profession of the past 15 years (teaching Art and Design) to paint baseball ‘full time’. This season I will visit all 30 MLB ballparks to paint and record these treasured diamonds on canvas in oils. Being the 150th Year of professional baseball since the Cincinnati Red Stockings, were established I feel this is a wonderful time to do it, and a great opportunity for MLB and the cities in which it is played, to be captured in this unique way and on this unique journey. One which I do not believe has ever been done before using this medium.
At the conclusion of my trip, I am going to be exhibiting my paintings of all 30 ballparks plus other Independent, and minor league teams I pass on the way, in Cooperstown. In all the ballparks in which I have worked, my paintings - and the process of me actively painting during the game - has always attracted a huge amount of attention, giving enjoyment to the fans, players and all involved. I feel that me working in this same way would give the MLB teams fans a unique family friendly live art show with which they could interact and view in between innings and while the game is in progress.
Interview on Fox Sports, November 2018.
I am looking for donations to support my journey documenting the national past time. Funds raised will help me with accommodation and basic living expenses, along with transportation and art materials and framing my work for the final exhibition.
Without the support I am looking for it will be harder for my work to continue long term and I feel the cultural heritage I am trying to capture in this medium will be lost.
With Tony Watson, pitcher for the San Francisco Giants who purchased two of my paintings while pitching in the World Series 2017 for the LA Dodgers.
My work has been recognised by news outlets worldwide, with articles written about me in Europe, Asia and the United States of America. I have also appeared on the BBC television and radio, Fox Sports, Eleven Sports, and I have sold my work to galleries, museums, and collectors (including MLB players and fans) across the globe! I have even received recognition from Buckingham Palace and have a question about my artwork in the board game Trivial Pursuit.
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Thank you for your time and support,
Andy Brown 2019