The Art of Sport

This Main Gallery Exhibit will be on display Tuesday, August 18th to Thursday, December 23rd, 2021. 

 
Join us for the Opening Reception Thursday, September 16, 2021 5:30 -7 pm (date subject to change)
 

Meet the Artist

Jason Robichau is an artist from Houston, Texas whose paintings unite two of his passions: sports and art. From an early age, it’s safe to say that Jason was obsessed with sports. When he wasn’t playing them, he was usually drawing his favorite athletes from trading cards. As he grew older, his love of art developed and became a passion. He was inspired by Norman Rockwell’s ability to capture the essence of his subject, Van Gogh’s use of bold and bright colors, and Chuck Close’s sheer genius. After college, knowing that he wanted to pursue a career in art, it only seemed fitting that the theme of his paintings were athletes.

Over the years, Jason has developed two main styles used to capture his subject matter. One of Jason’s techniques incorporates elements of mosaic and perspective to achieve a form of realism that he refers to as Illusionism. With tiny hand-painted squares, Jason fashion works that change from collage to image as one moves away from the artwork. In addition to his Illusionism style, Jason does a more photorealistic style using metallic gold and bronze paint that gives the artwork a modern yet timeless feel.

Jason’s work has been shown at the National Art Museum of Sport (Indianapolis, IN), American Sports Art Museum and Archives (Daphne, AL), George Krevsky Gallery (San Francisco, CA), Xanadu Gallery (Scottsdale, AZ), and Image Gallery (Edmond, OK). In 2011, Major League Baseball honored Jason by naming him the Official Artist of the All Star Game FanFest.Jason was commissioned by the NFL in 2015 to do the signature painting for Super Bowl 50, which was unveiled at the NFL Honors Banquet. To date he has done work for over 13 professional sports teams and universities and his work is owned by numerous athletes and celebrities including Faith Hill & Tim McGraw, Mike Krzyzewski, Steve Young, Mark Cuban, Ray Allen, Paul Pierce, Fleetwood Mac, and Yao Ming.

Artist Statement

Growing up in Texas, I was obsessed with sports. Most of my earliest memories revolve around sporting events: watching the 1985 Super Bowl in awe of Walter Payton, going to Houston Astros games with my family and the sound that a Nolan Ryan fastball would make, watching Christian Laettner’s perfect game against Kentucky, etc…
 
As a kid, my brothers, friends, and I would love to draw some of our favorite baseball players from their baseball cards. I vividly remember that feeling I would get trying to recreate the image on the card in my sketchbook. As I matured, both as a person and an artist, I realized that this was something that wasn’t just a hobby for me, but something that I wanted to pursue as a career. The turning point came for me in the midst of watching ESPN while in college. They were airing a story on Hunter Kelly (Buffalo Bill’s QB Jim Kelly’s son) and his battle with Krabbe Leukodystrophy. I was so moved by the story that I instantly called the Hunter’s Hope Foundation and told them that I would like to help. I said to them that I don’t have any money but I could paint a picture of Jim that they could auction off. One thing led to another and a few months later, I was in Buffalo, NY presenting the painting to Jim and the Hunter’s Hope staff. For the duration of my college career, I would select people that I liked and wanted to meet and do similar things. After college, though, I realized that I couldn’t keep giving away my paintings, or else I would literally be a starving artist.
 
Since 2004, I have been blessed to be able to paint full-time as my career. This passion of mine has brought me all over the country meeting incredible athletes and patrons. One of my missions starting out was to use my talents to help others. God has blessed me with the ability to paint and what I do with it is how I can pass that blessing on. I am proud to say that since 2004, my artwork has raised over half a million dollars for some amazing non-profits and foundations around the country! Glory be to God! One of the great things about my art is that when I finish a painting, I still get that same feeling that I do many years ago recreating those baseball cards in my sketchbook!
 
I hope that you enjoy my artwork as much as I enjoy creating it!