Just a few weeks before the Rio Summer Olympic games, The Old Print Shop is featuring an exhibition of artists who made prints, watercolors, and photographs that depict sports. Since the original games were held in Olympia, the subject of sports has been a subject for artists.
Among the artists the shop is highlighting is George Bellows (1882- 1925) who was equally talented as an artist and athlete. He played baseball and basketball at Ohio State and was offered a professional contract to play baseball. Bellows, however, decided to be an artist. His prints and paintings span a variety of subject matters, and his images of New York cover many subjects including scenes of life in the city. These images capture the ambience of city life in the 1920′s. Today, he is best known for his depictions of sports especially boxing.