“With the love of the spirit of the athlete and telling the story of sports in our time,
I am trying to show the world of art that sometimes
The depth of character and thought can be expressed with tangible imagery.”
As a little boy Opie Otterstad shared a special bond with his dad, which was enhanced by the love of baseball. Even in recent conversations, the artist ecstatically recalls childhood memories involving the sport. As an only child who defied family history by not following his lineage of Lutheran Ministry, he instead followed his heart becoming a sport’s artist.
While studying at St. Olaf College in Minnesota, Otterstad pursued his Bachelor’s Degree in Studio Art and started actively showing his artwork. His advisor posed a very important question to him that has stuck in his head since: “What do you want to do the rest of your life?” Eventually he realized that he needed to make art his life, to dominate all of his thoughts and to embrace his passion for art. Understanding that talent alone is not enough; he needed to own it with his head and heart. His quest included extensive painting training as well as art and sports historical education which ultimately illuminating his unique perspective on his art.
It was during the next phase of his life that he was discovered. While happily sketching at a job one day his art became an interest to a senior member of the office. One thing led to another and he began a series of commissions that seriously changed his life forever. They were for Greg Norman, Evander Hollyfield and Bernard Langer.
Unlike most Sport’s artists who usually base their paintings upon a sports photograph, Opie Otterstad approaches his paintings very creatively by bringing a lot of art historical influences into his canvases; enhancing the symbolism inherent in each composition. Working in palette knife, Otterstad paints in a fluid manner. His main focus is to capture the intensity of the moment.
Otterstad is passionate about merging fine art and sports. The history of sports has always fascinated him with the understanding that the great sports moments become historical events. As a painter, he relishes his role as a storyteller.
Opie Otterstad is best known for his ability to paint the spirit of the athletes, the fans, the teams and their victories. He captures the indescribable through his signature style of painting “the game”.
Throughout his fifteen years as a MLB sanctioned artist, Opie Otterstad has created World Series
“celebration paintings” for the Houston Astros (2017), Chicago Cubs (2016), Kansas City Royals (2015), Boston Red Sox (2004/2007/2013/2-18), San Francisco Giants (2010/2012/2014), New York Yankees (2009), Philadelphia Philles (2008), St. Louis Cardinals (2006/2011), Chicago White Sox (2005), Florida Marlins (2003) and Anaheim Angels (2002), in addition to other 2Major League Baseball’s teams.
Lauded as “Sport Art’s Troubadour,” Otterstad has also been commissioned to create masterpieces for the NBA, NCAA, NFL organizations and professional athletes in the world of golf, boxing, tennis and hockey. He has become the artist of choice to paint some of the most defining moments in sports history. There is no other artist whose works are in more professional athletes’ collections. The players often comment on Otterstad’s ability to capture their soul in paint.
Newbury Fine Arts is pleased to announce that Opie Otterstad is releasing his new World Series celebration limited edition signed and numbered, Boston Champs IV. All of the key 2018 Red Sox players are featured. Newbury Fine Arts is the exclusive gallery representing this new fine art edition. Please contact us to reserve your piece of Red Sox history now.
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