Featured Sport Artist: Stephen Holland

Stephen Holland - Women's Beach Volleyball (3)

American Artist Stephen Holland’s painting “Women’s Beach Volleyball’ housed in the American Sport Art and Museum and Archives. The painting is a part of a collection created for the 100th anniversary of the Olympic Games.

For more than five decades, The Academy’s 1993 Sport Artist of the Year, Stephen Holland, has painted real-life paintings of the “tough guys” and the “big names” of nearly every sport.

Although he has mastered hundreds of paintings for serigraphs, commissions, and lithographs, the American sport artist is perhaps best known for his paintings of the former professional boxer, Muhammad Ali. Holland has painted athletes of all assortments such as the former professional baseball player Yogi Berra, former Dallas Cowboys quarterback Troy Aikman and former NASCAR racer Richard Petty.

One of only 12 artists chosen to represent the 100th anniversary of the Olympics, Holland painted a special collection featuring Olympic athletes in action that was presented at the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta, Ga.

In addition to being named the official artist of the National Hockey League team, the Los Angeles’ Kings, Holland was also chosen by the National Football League team, the Baltimore Ravens, to adorn the Walk of Fame with his paintings to commemorate the team’s victory in Super Bowl XXXV. He was also the official artist of the 50th anniversary of the Major League Baseball team, the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2008.

Holland’s pieces can be found in museums and private collections all across the globe, including 31 pieces in the American Sport Art Museum and Archives in Daphne, Ala.

While living in New York City early in his career, Holland made a strong commitment to receiving an education in art. He attended numerous art schools such as the School of Industrial Art, Pratt Institute, the School of Visual Arts and the Art Students League before moving to Southern California in the 1960’s, where he currently lives.

Holland was chosen as the May featured sport artist to celebrate the 2014 American Volleyball Coaches Association’s Collegiate Sand Volleyball National Championship that took place on 2-4 May 2014, in Gulf Shores, Ala.

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