Collectors and admirers of the finest golf art have a new online resource, St. Andrews Golf Art, where they can find work from highly regarded contemporary artists who have memorialized the game’s legends, historic courses and iconic competitive moments on canvas, in sculptures, illustrations or other media.
Renowned international artists were selected for the online launch of St. Andrews Golf Art, including Walt Spitzmiller, Joe Austen, Adriano Manocchia and Simon Russell. Their sought-after work is exhibited in museums, galleries and clubhouses, as well as held in private and corporate collections around the world. Each artist has a distinctive style that showcases aspects and interpretations of the game’s rich heritage and vital spirit.
Walt is one of the world’s foremost sporting artists and his work is widely held by private and corporate collectors, including many golf legends such as Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, Tom Watson as well as the PGA TOUR. For many years, Walt’s art regularly illustrated stories in Sports Illustrated and GOLF Magazine, and he was the chief contributing artist to Senior Golfer Magazine.
Joe is one of the world’s foremost painters of sports portraits. His oil paintings are exhibited in clubhouses and hotels in the United States, Japan and Europe and in prestigious private and corporate collections throughout the world. The Austen Gallery in the Macdonald Rusacks Hotel in St. Andrews, Scotland houses many of Joe’s impressive works, including the ambitious “World of Golf” (16’ x 10’) and the mesmerizing multiple swing action sequence portrait of Jack Nicklaus.
Adriano began his career as a photojournalist and traveled the world covering news events. In 1984, he started painting and quickly received the attention of collectors and art critics worldwide. Many of his early works concentrated on landscapes and the great outdoors. In 1992, Adriano was introduced to golf when the USGA commissioned him to paint a series of oils of famous courses. The PGA TOUR recently commissioned Adriano to create a major painting of the Tour’s new clubhouse at Sawgrass, with the 18th hole in the foreground, and the work is on display in the clubhouse’s Champions Room.
Simon Russell is the pseudonym of a hyper-realist artist from the former Soviet Republic and is now resident in one of the new states surrounding Russia. He has a very fine eye for detail, having honed his talent in the etching of photography for gravestones. His depiction of golfers such as Seve Ballesteros, Tiger Woods, Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player, Greg Norman, Payne Stewart, Colin Montgomerie and others is captivating, as is his interpretation of The Old Course’s famous Swilcan Bridge.
St. Andrews Golf Art also welcomes inquiries for special commissions from golf clubs, corporate clients or individuals who appreciate the appeal of acquiring a significant piece(s) of art from one of the world’s foremost golf artists. This could include incorporating a series of relevant pieces for a themed area, room or corridor of a clubhouse or private residence. For further information, contact Alasdair Busby at www.standrewsgolfart.com or by telephone 0044 (0)7757 358918.
In addition to writing about golf, Dave Donelson distills the experiences of hundreds of entrepreneurs into practical advice for small business owners and managers in the Dynamic Manager's Guides, a series of how-to books about marketing and advertising, sales techniques, motivating personnel, financial management, and business strategy.