The Olympian Series

My name is Corey Durham and this is a collection of some of my favorite pieces of Olympian art from the Google art gallery. From the time I was a little boy up until now I have always been fascinated with the Olympic Games. In fact growing up I even dreamed of running track in the games one day. Injuries during high school and college years deterred those dreams however, I have retained my love and passion for the games. This group of art represents the emotion of the games and how they affected the culture of the world and vice versa.

The Olympic Gateway by Robert Graham was sculpted in 1984 in the US. The sculptures are the bodies of two model athletes that were a part of the games that year. The female torso is the body of sprinter Jackie Joyner-Kersee. The male torso is of the body of water polo player Terry Shroeder. The detail in these sculptures are amazingly realistic. The torsos seemed be proportionally scaled to the exact sizes of the modeled athletes.
The Olympic Series Basketball was painted in 1983 by Hans Erni. This painting features three basketball players. One of the players is trying to score and the other two are trying to stop him. There are also 3 faces watching the game. I believe the color scheme in this painting is very unique. In this painting the contrasting light and dark colors bring about a sense of conflict between the three players.
The Run-up was sculpted by Nag Arnoldi in 1994. In this sculpture there are five bronze athletes carrying an Olympic flag. This sculpture broke the mold on Olympian art. The figures that represent the athletes look ancient. The shapes of the athletes bodies are very unique in that they resemble skeletons. The bodies of the athletes seemed to be disfigured. However, the flag with the Olympic rings carved in it seems to be perfectly symmetrical.
Barcelona 92, Cycling was painted by Jordi Aluma in 1992. This painting shows a cyclist on his bike. Above him is a depiction of St. George slaying a dragon - an element of the city taken from the Palau de la Generalitat which is Barcelona's main government building. St. George was a patron saint of Catalonia. Aluma uses warm rich colors in his painting. Throughout this series of paintings Aluma keeps a consistent theme of uniting the culture of the city with the culture of the games.
The Olympic Suites, Athletics was sculpted by Rosa Serra in 1985 as a part of a 22 piece sculpture collection. The particular sculpture is a depiction of a sprinter in mid stride. This sculpture along with the rest of the collection illustrates the action and movement involved in the sport. The positioning of the sprinters body invokes a sense of motion.
The Barcelona 92 Athletics painted by Jordi Alumà in 1992 in Spain during the 1992 summer Olympic Games. It was a part of the third series of paintings Alumà had painted for the Olympic Games. This particular painting depicts a runner with the number 92 on his shirt, which represents the year of the games. Above him is a gargoyle taken from the cathedrals. Alumà uses a lot of curved and wavy lines in this painting. There are also a number of oval-like shapes within the body of the runner. The mixture of these elements create smooth and free-flowing image that jumps off the page.
Boxing which is a part of a 31 canvas Olympic series commission by the International Olympic Committee. The artist, Hans Emi, was commissioned by the committee in 1983 to commemorate the 1984 Summer Olympics held in Los Angeles, California. The painting depicts two men fighting, in the background there are two other men fighting. Also in the front you can see a woman sitting in front row watching the match with ancient athletes standing in front of an altar. Emi utilizes contrasting colors to illustrate a sense of clash or contrast. The color clashes seem to illustrate a sense of conflict or competition. The lines and shapes used give the audience a sense of movement taking place. The main two fighters dominate the scene as the artist is placing emphasis on these two men as being the result of events in the past.
Barcelona 92 Swimming was painted by Jordi Alumà. This piece of work was painted in Spain in 1992 for the summer Olympic Games as a part of that series of paintings called the Olympic Suites. In this particular painting there are two swimmers diving into the water at the beginning of a race. Above them in the background is another element of the city, Güell Park, which is made of stone, ceramics and other natural elements designed by Antoni Gaudì who was a famous Catalan artist. In this painting Alumà uses curved lines and oval shapes to create an active moving scene. Though there is a sense of movement in this painting it seems to be more understood than visible through the objects in the painting. Still Alumà brings a sense of unity and harmony again in the colors that he uses.
The Olympic Series, Tennis was painted by Hans Erni in 1983. This painting illustrates two males and a female playing tennis with four faces in the background observing the matches. The placement of figures and the colors of the images places emphasis on certain aspects of the painting. It also gives the painting a sense of motion as if the scene is a passing timeline.
The Olympic Series, Summer Games was painted by Hans Erni in 1983. This painting seemingly resembles a collage of different events in the track and field arena. One athlete is throwing a javelin while another is throwing a hammer and then you have 3 nude sprinters in the background. In corner of the painting there is a bearded face which many believe is the Greek god Zeus watching the athletes. Erni utilizes superimposed figures to place emphasis on different aspects of this painting. Theses figures seem to flow in a motion of time from ancient times to present day.
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