Once in a generation, there comes an artist from the fine-art world who tries his hand at sports art...and revolutionizes it. Leroy Neiman blazed the trail. Then Stephen Holland made the crossover. And today that visionary artist is Bernard Solco, whose Pop Art styling draws influence not only from the likes of Neiman, but also from Andy Warhol and even Augustin Edouart. Solco's minimalist, silhouette-like portraits are immediately recognizable as his own, with their haunting likenesses, radiant backgrounds and, in some cases, wild slashes of color. Who has owned or commissioned original Solco creations? George Steinbrenner, Brooke Shields, Bruce Springsteen, Rudy Giuliani and Donald Trump, to name but a few. Some of Solco's most innovative projects have revolved around painstakingly reproducing bar codes and data matrix symbols. Indeed, it would be impossible to fully appreciate the depth and breadth of Solco's mind-bending body of work without perusing his web gallery at www.bernardsolco.com. What makes this offering (and the Jeter - Lot #861) all the more special and investment-worthy is that Bernard Solco collaborated with Steiner Sports and Tristar Productions to arrange for Tom Brady's personal endorsement in the form of his large, silver-Sharpie "10" signature. Could there be a finer artistic tribute to Tom Terrific's enduring legacy than this monumental, eye-popping, 30x40 portrait signed by the GOAT himself, as well as by Solco? We think not.
Note: This item is located at our consignor's New York City Gallery. The winning bidder may pick up from there or have the artwork professionally shipped from the gallery.