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Following up on my recent painting of Jesse Owens, I decided to continue this series of reimagining old iconic photos in my style.
I find it so satisfying to go from an old blurry photo and transform it into a piece of contemporary art. For this painting of Jackie Robinson I used a new technique of layering resin and building up the figure in between those layers.
The reference photo of Jackie Robinson was from 1940 as he was training in athletics. At that time, when he was in college, Jackie was a four-sport athlete and was due compete in the 1940 Olympics. Because of WWII the Olympics were cancelled, and later on Jackie dedicated his career to baseball, becoming the first player in modern times to break the colour barrier in the Major Baseball League.
With this painting, I wanted to celebrate his fighter spirit and the incredible career he's had despite all the obstacles.