Louis Grant

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Lou Grant is an African American artist who has worked as a successful graphic designer and illustrator since 1960.His series of portraits of baseball players remembered reflects the spirit of another time and conveys a timeless dignity.

Grant, himself a talented baseball player, first attended Negro League games as a child in the 1930s and 1940s. At that time, baseball games were a community event—families put on their finest clothes and packed picnics for Sunday double-headers. Baseball players were idealized figures, and fans followed their careers as the players moved from team to team in the Negro Baseball Leagues and later into Major League baseball.

These paintings do not represent actual players. In the 1930s and 40s, Negro League players were not featured as sports heroes in photos on Bubble gum cards or in newspapers and magazines.Therefore the artist has had to rely on his collected memories to create the images shown here. Uniforms varied greatly, even within the same team – colors of socks and styles of lettering on shirts were inconsistent.

Grant was born in Brooklyn in 1934. He attended the High School of Art and Design and Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art in New York City. He has lived and worked in Gardiner, New York, in the Mid-Hudson Valley for the past 30 years.