The Opening Games of the 2016 Rio Olympics begin tonight, so I am taking this opportunity to announce the release of my new drawing series "OLYMPIANS" - honoring the champions of the ancient Olympic Games.
My work has always been influenced by the potential of the human body. Athletes, in particular, are an inspiration to me - as they were to the ancient Greeks - in that they embody that perfect synthesis of body and mind. Their determination, focus, and prowess elevated them to a level of semi-divinity in the early days of the Olympic Games.
The athletes portrayed in this series hailed from Alexandria to Athens, and represent the 1st to 7th centuries BC. The ancient competitions of the stadion (short foot race), horse racing, wrestling, boxing, pankration (a mixture of the previous two events), and the pentathlon (5 separate events: short foot race, javelin throw, wrestling, long jump and discus throw) are depicted. Below you can find a sampling from the series:
Hieron of Syracuse, charcoal on paper, 14 x 17", 2016
Hieron of Syracuse was the 476 & 472 BC winner of the horse racing event.
& enjoy watching and celebrating our modern day athletes in the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio!
Xenophon of Corinth, charcoal on paper, 9 x 12", 2016
Xenophon of Corinth was the winner of the pentathlon, which involved the discus throw, in 464 BC.