Famed Sports Artist Stephen Holland
Commissioned to Paint Miami Heat Trilogy:LeBron James, Chris Bosh, Dwyane Wade
June 3, 2014 – Miami, FL – On the eve of the Miami Heat’s fourth consecutive NBA Playoff series, Stephen Holland, regarded as one of the most important and commissioned sports artists in history, and portrait artist of many of the most famous athletes in the world has presented his images of Miami Heat superstarsLeBron James, Chris Bosh, and Dwyane Wade.
Holland finds himself at the center of the sports world yet again with the unveiling of this his life size Miami Heat trilogy.
The artist is the most collected sports artist of our generation and this is the second time he has painted LeBron James, the first being as a rookie with the Cleveland Cavaliers. Known globally for his life-like portraits, Holland has painted the most famous athletes in the world, including Randy Couture Muhammad Ali, Sandy Koufax, Michael Jordan, Wayne Gretsky, Magic Johnson, Tiger Woods, Joe Namath, and many more.
About Stephen Holland
Stephen Holland is not only the most famous living sports artist in the world; he is also the official artist of the Los Angeles Dodgers, Baltimore Ravens, Colorado Avalanche and Muhammad Ali….yes, Muhammad Ali.
The Bronx, New York native has carved out a niche for himself that is unparalleled in the fine art world and has garnered the respect and admiration of sports greatest athletes including: Magic Johnson, Peyton Manning and Tiger Woods and legends like Jackie Robinson, Joe Namath and Mickey Mantle. Most recently, Holland was commissioned to paint the New York Yankees ‘Triple Threat Suite’, a collection of three works portraying: A-Rod, Derek Jeter and Mariano Rivera.
Holland's talent and contributions to art and sports received national recognition in 1993, when the American Sport Art Museum awarded him the honor of Sports Artist of the Year. In his early years, Holland attended Art Students League, the School of Visual Arts and Pratt Institute, all in New York City and has since racked up a host of honors including being Official Artist of the Los Angeles Kings and being one of the twelve artists selected by the United States Olympic Committee to represent the 100th Anniversary of the Olympics.
Holland is the master of painting the “tough guys” of sports and celebrity. There is struggle and triumph, grit and glory, humanity and spirit, in every Holland painting. Holland has the ability to capture the raw emotion of a moment and make people feel as if they are part of his image, creating a sentimental connection between art and collector.
Standing in front of one of Holland’s five-to-six foot peerless portraits, the viewer experiences the painter’s passion for his subject. His “in your face” compositions have an uncanny sense of the moment that visually bursts from the canvas. This edginess is further enhanced by his ferocious painting techniques: bold line work, aggressive color and daring shapes and forms.