Tag: olympic artwork

Jesse Barnes

Nov 29, 2018

At the age of ten a young boy named Jesse Barnes sold his first oil painting to the principal at this elementary school.  Since that time, with the support of many loyal patrons, Jesse has become one of the country’s most renowned artists.  Dubbed The Light Painter, Jesse Barnes has been painting professionally for over forty years, during which time he has painted everything from individual portraits to wildlife to landscapes.  Currently, however, Jesse’s paintings center mainly around early American nostalgia themes with an emphasis on lighting effects.


In 1983, Barnes released his first limited edition collectors print entitled The Night Before Christmas.  Since that time, Jesse Barnes has taken us on a magical journey back through time from a snowy 1800’s train depot; to the corner café; to a seaside lighthouse providing safe passage to the harbor; to a country carnival; and home for the holidays.


Jesse is a self-published...

Hiro Yamagata

Nov 2, 2017

Internationally known among commercial-art enthusiasts for his pop-inspired faunal and floral imagery,Yamagatais best known in theU.S.as the poster designer for the 1984, 1988, 1992 and 1996 Olympic Committees.  He's also designed commemorative works for the Air and Space Bicentennial, the U.S. Constitution's Bicentennial, the Centennial Celebration of theEiffelTower, the Bicentennial of the French Revolution - and painted Ronald Reagan's presidential portrait. I n 1988, Hiro was commissioned by President Ronald Reagan to do a painting as part of the one hundred year anniversary celebration of the Statue of Liberty.

Hiro Yamagata was born inShiga,Japanon June 30, 1948.  He was first interested in painting in elementary school and took a special art class every day after school and through high school with his art teacher, a Japanese-style painter.  After his graduation, he went toTokyoand had part-time jobs in the advertisement field, where his talent was recognized.  In 1972, Hiro began attending L'Ecole Des Beaux Arts inParisand began to live his life through painting.

Yamagataescaped toParisin his early 20's, and met such persons as John Cage and more notably Allen Ginsberg.  He also painted sets for Peter Brook.  At the time, Hiro was perfecting a cartoony illustrative painting style that was not particularly Japanese.  The...