- 30x44 inches
- Open Edition
The year is 1930, and it’s a lazy Sunday afternoon in lower Manhattan. A group of little rascals from different neighborhods in the city spark up a game of stickball at the edge of Pike Street. There’s one runner on base, the catcher calls for a low fastball, and spectators eagerly anticipate the offering from the eagle-eyed ace on the mound. In the distance, the teal patina of the Manhattan Bridge towers over skeletal fire escapes, cobblestone streets, and mom-and-pop storefronts. The young batter squeezes a makeshift bat and takes his stance, looking past his large newsboy cap, hoping to connect with the ball before the approaching car sends the young stickballers scattering for cover.
“Stickballers” by Kadir Nelson is part of a series of paintings celebrating the Harlem Renaissance era. Known for depicting historical subjects, Nelson pays tribute to young athletes of days past, and the spirit of interracial tolerance.
Available as Open Edition Offset Lithograph (27x37.5 inches), Unstretched Canvas Giclee (30x44 inches) or Stretched Canvas Giclee (30x44 inches)
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Kadir NelsonKadir Nelson began drawing at the age of three, displaying artistic acumen before he could write or spell. “I have always been an artist,” Nelson explains. “It’s part of my DNA.” At age eleven, Kadir Nelson was apprenticed by his uncle Michael Morris, an artist and art instructor. “My uncle gave me my foundation in art,” says the artist. Kadir Nelson experimented with several different media and later began painting in oils at the age of sixteen under the encouragement and tutelage of both his uncle and high school art teacher. He began entering his paintings in art competitions and ultimately won an art scholarship to study at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY. Upon graduating with honors, Kadir Nelson began his professional career as an artist, publishing his work and receiving commissions from publishers and production studios such as Dreamworks, Sports Illustrated, Coca-Cola, The New York Times and Major League Baseball, among others.
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