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Sport Sculpture

Although art and physical education were considered completely opposing subjects at school, they have actually proven to be a perfect match in the art world. Sport in art has been depicted many times throughout history, and is particularly prominent in contemporary art.

In antiquity, the Greeks worshipped the youthful and athletic body, paintingthe events of the first Olympic Games on pottery in 776 BC. 

Whatever the medium (photography, painting, sculpture, collage, etc.), their anatomy, their psychological state, where they train or even their competitions; athletes are a never-ending source of inspiration for artists. Developing technology and the ability to travel have made the study of sports more accessible to amateurs everywhere. Whether represented in a realistic or symbolic way, sport is a recurrent theme for young artists. Join us at Artsper as we enter sport mode and unveil our very own Olympic podium of artworks.

Photography is probably the first medium we think of when we think about the artistic representation of sport. This is for technical reasons, as speed is needed to capture athletes at the height of their game. Snapshots of athletes are taken on the spot to better capture an accurate portrayal of not only their movements, but also the rising tension between opposite team members. 

Leader of the new wave, Gerry Cranham made a career out of athletics before becoming a coach himself. A passionate photographer, he took photos of the young athletes he trained in order to rectify their techniques, and analyse their running approach. After becoming a professional sports photographer at the age of 28, he quickly established a reputation, spearheading sport photography not only in England but also internationally. His photographs of rugby, football, tennis, wrestling and swimming, were printed worldwide in prestigious magazines such as Sports Illustrated and The Observer. 

Sport also inspired painters throughout the 19th and 20th centuries, which can be seen in Gustave Courbet's 1853 painting, The Wrestlers. This large format oil painting depicts two men engaged in 'French wrestling', in the former hippodrome on the Champs-Élysées. To the right of the painting there is a grandstand filled with spectators who are cheering on the athletes. Even Claude Monet explored the theme of sport with his 1872 work Regattas at Argenteuil, where sailboats leave mesmerising reflections on the water's surface. Meanwhile modern artist Nicolas de Staël, depicts an abstract football match with his work Footballers, where players can only be made out from the use of flat tints of colour that determine their team. 

Like Gerry Cranham, you can also find your calling through contemporary sport painting, sculpture and photography. Discover the works by both established and emerging artists like Victor Spahn, Isabelle Picarel, Michel Birot, Makiko Furuichi and others...  

Collector’s Guide: Collecting Sculptures

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Laurent Perbos, Ballon 2, Sculpture

Laurent Perbos

Ballon 2, 2020
9.1 x 18.1 x 9.1 inch
Sculpture

$663

Speedy Graphito, Karma Super, Sculpture

Speedy Graphito

Karma Super, 2007
15.7 x 11 x 11 inch
Sculpture

$10,723

Francky Boy, Sky en Suisse (bas relief), Sculpture

Francky Boy

Sky en Suisse (bas relief), 2011
18.9 x 15.7 x 3 inch
Sculpture

$2,410

Babette Degraeve, Kleine pup met bot (Small puppy with bone), Sculpture

Babette Degraeve

Kleine pup met bot (Small puppy with bone), 2019
3.5 x 3.9 x 5.5 inch
Sculpture

$783

Our recommendations Brian Edenel, Sumo, Sculpture

Brian Edenel

Sumo, 2020
9.8 x 8.3 x 5.5 inch
Sculpture

$627

Laurence Pubert, A la trace - série Rugby, Sculpture

Laurence Pubert

A la trace - série Rugby, 2019
11.8 x 13.8 x 7.9 inch
Sculpture

$6,651

Catherine de Kerhor, Papa ours, Sculpture

Catherine de Kerhor

Papa ours, 2019
9.8 x 7.9 x 9.4 inch
Sculpture

$5,844

TMM, Snowboard Picture, Sculpture

TMM

Snowboard Picture, 2019
63 x 7.9 x 0.8 inch
Sculpture

$1,145

Max Ernst, Jeu d'échecs en Or 23 carats et Argent sulfurisé 1er titre, Sculpture

Max Ernst

Jeu d'échecs en Or 23 carats et Argent sulfurisé 1er titre, 1965
23.6 x 23.6 x 2 inch
Sculpture

$1,024,125

Rob Burman, Bronze, Sculpture

Rob Burman

Bronze, 2021
8 x 9 x 3 inch
Sculpture

< $ 2,500

Joanna Zakrzewska-Cholewa, Acrobat Game I, Sculpture

Joanna Zakrzewska-Cholewa

Acrobat Game I, 2021
11 x 4.3 x 7.1 inch
Sculpture

$928

Our recommendations Song Wei, Hamburger, Sculpture

Song Wei

Hamburger, 2017
9.1 x 9.1 x 9.1 inch
Sculpture

$7,229

Jonas Anicas, Untitled, Sculpture

Jonas Anicas

Untitled, 2013
7.9 x 39.4 x 39.4 inch
Sculpture

$2,169

Just Jaeckin, Bardot, Sculpture

Just Jaeckin

Bardot, 1980
35.4 x 23.6 x 6.3 inch
Sculpture

$7,832

Jeremy Vatutin, Dernière Station, Sculpture

Jeremy Vatutin

Dernière Station, 2019
23.6 x 23.6 x 1.6 inch
Sculpture

$1,566

Thibaud Dière, Le Jockey, Sculpture

Thibaud Dière

Le Jockey, 2016
6.3 x 11 x 2.4 inch
Sculpture

$1,205

Joe Big Big, Trapéziste, Sculpture

Joe Big Big

Trapéziste, 2018
37 x 16.5 x 16.5 inch
Sculpture

$2,410

Malooka, Pied dans l’eau, Sculpture

Malooka

Pied dans l’eau, 2020
13.8 x 19.7 x 12.6 inch
Sculpture

$361

Evfrosina Fros, Series Ifallils (Kinetic sculpture), Sculpture

Evfrosina Fros

Series Ifallils (Kinetic sculpture), 2018
11.8 x 7.5 x 4.7 inch
Sculpture

$3,500

Miguel Guía, Zidane but Colonne inspiration Antony Gormley, Sculpture

Miguel Guía

Zidane but Colonne inspiration Antony Gormley, 2018
14.6 x 3.5 x 7.1 inch
Sculpture

$952

Artigas Planas, Paulova II, Sculpture

Artigas Planas

Paulova II, 2019
13.4 x 8.3 x 3.1 inch
Sculpture

$1,036

Artigas Planas, Rosette, Sculpture

Artigas Planas

Rosette, 2021
11.8 x 11 x 3.1 inch
Sculpture

$1,000

Artigas Planas, Summer II, Sculpture

Artigas Planas

Summer II, 2021
15 x 11 x 5.1 inch
Sculpture

$1,036

William Sweetlove, Cloned Schnauzer with water bottle, Sculpture

William Sweetlove

Cloned Schnauzer with water bottle, 2019
15.7 x 21.7 x 9.1 inch
Sculpture

$904

William Sweetlove, Cloned Schnauzer with water bottle, Sculpture

William Sweetlove

Cloned Schnauzer with water bottle, 2019
15.7 x 21.7 x 9.1 inch
Sculpture

$904

William Sweetlove, Cloned Schnauzer with water bottle, Sculpture

William Sweetlove

Cloned Schnauzer with water bottle, 2019
15.7 x 21.7 x 9.1 inch
Sculpture

$904

Edu Danesi, 935 Martini, Sculpture

Edu Danesi

935 Martini, 2019
53.1 x 60.6 x 5.9 inch
Sculpture

$5,422

William Sweetlove, Cloned Schnauzer with water bottle, Sculpture

William Sweetlove

Cloned Schnauzer with water bottle, 2019
15.7 x 21.7 x 9.1 inch
Sculpture

$904

William Sweetlove, Cloned Schnauzer with water bottle, Sculpture

William Sweetlove

Cloned Schnauzer with water bottle, 2019
15.7 x 21.7 x 9.1 inch
Sculpture

$904

William Sweetlove, Cloned Schnauzer with water bottle, Sculpture

William Sweetlove

Cloned Schnauzer with water bottle, 2019
15.7 x 21.7 x 9.1 inch
Sculpture

$904

William Sweetlove, Cloned Bouly with shoes, Sculpture

William Sweetlove

Cloned Bouly with shoes, 2009
11.4 x 13.8 x 5.9 inch
Sculpture

$1,687

Jérémy Ferreira, Luxury Basketball Louis Vuitton Black and White, Sculpture

Jérémy Ferreira

Luxury Basketball Louis Vuitton Black and White, 2020
35.4 x 43.3 x 17.7 inch
Sculpture

$3,012

Kazuhiko Tanaka, Get ready, Sculpture

Kazuhiko Tanaka

Get ready, 2017
3.1 x 1.2 x 2 inch
Sculpture

$217

Our recommendations William Sweetlove, Cloned Bloodhound with Backpack, Sculpture

William Sweetlove

Cloned Bloodhound with Backpack, 2009
22.4 x 11.8 x 14.6 inch
Sculpture

$2,651

Our recommendations David Gerstein, Biking B, Sculpture

David Gerstein

Biking B, 1998
22 x 55.1 x 5.9 inch
Sculpture

$13,856

Diederik Van Apple, BMF King Kong M, Sculpture

Diederik Van Apple

BMF King Kong M, 2020
19.7 x 11.8 x 11.8 inch
Sculpture

$2,349

Babette Degraeve, Mollige pup (Chubby puppy), Sculpture

Babette Degraeve

Mollige pup (Chubby puppy), 2019
15.7 x 8.7 x 17.3 inch
Sculpture

$4,157

Zed, Flexo Be Sporty 4 - GOLF Noir, Sculpture

Zed

Flexo Be Sporty 4 - GOLF Noir, 2019
16.1 x 5.9 x 4.3 inch
Sculpture

$181

Ureta, Jumpman White, Sculpture

Ureta

Jumpman White, 2020
14.6 x 14.6 x 2 inch
Sculpture

$964

Laurence Pubert, Décalage - série Rugby, Sculpture

Laurence Pubert

Décalage - série Rugby, 2019
13.8 x 5.9 x 4.7 inch
Sculpture

$5,060

Laurence Pubert, French kiss - série Rugby, Sculpture

Laurence Pubert

French kiss - série Rugby, 2019
11.4 x 14.6 x 7.1 inch
Sculpture

$6,651

Laurence Pubert, Au contact - série Rugby, Sculpture

Laurence Pubert

Au contact - série Rugby, 2019
14.6 x 10.6 x 8.7 inch
Sculpture

$6,651

Catherine de Kerhor, Histoire de banquise, Sculpture

Catherine de Kerhor

Histoire de banquise, 2019
8.7 x 7.1 x 15 inch
Sculpture

$6,687

Françoise Abraham, Baby swing Multimarque, Sculpture

Françoise Abraham

Baby swing Multimarque, 2019
11.8 x 8.3 x 5.9 inch
Sculpture

$3,374

Lionel le Jeune, Exhuman, Sculpture

Lionel le Jeune

Exhuman, 2017
4.3 x 3.9 x 3.9 inch
Sculpture

$482

Albert Chanut, Prêcheurs (euses) du désert, Sculpture

Albert Chanut

Prêcheurs (euses) du désert, 2018
6.1 x 7.9 x 0.2 inch
Sculpture

$361

Boom Art, Klimt Surfboard, Sculpture

Boom Art

Klimt Surfboard, 2020
72.8 x 18.9 x 2.2 inch
Sculpture

$2,398

Boom Art, Disco Méduse Surfboard, Sculpture

Boom Art

Disco Méduse Surfboard, 2018
72.8 x 18.9 x 2.2 inch
Sculpture

$2,398

Ian Philip, Business Pilot Ayrton Senna, Sculpture

Ian Philip

Business Pilot Ayrton Senna, 2021
32.7 x 9.8 x 9.8 inch
Sculpture

$5,422

Boom Art, Highsnobiety Diptych / 2 Surfboards / 2 Surfboards Limited Edition, Sculpture

Boom Art

Highsnobiety Diptych / 2 Surfboards / 2 Surfboards Limited Edition, 2016
61.4 x 20.9 x 2.4 inch
Sculpture

$4,337

Boom Art, The Garden of Earthly Delights Triptych Surfboards / Bosch, Sculpture

Boom Art

The Garden of Earthly Delights Triptych Surfboards / Bosch, 2018
72.8 x 18.9 x 2.2 inch
Sculpture

$6,747

Boom Art, The Lady and the Unicorn Triptych Surfboards, Sculpture

Boom Art

The Lady and the Unicorn Triptych Surfboards, 2015
72.8 x 18.9 x 2.2 inch
Sculpture

$6,747

Jérémy Ferreira, Luxury Basketball Louis Vuitton, Sculpture

Jérémy Ferreira

Luxury Basketball Louis Vuitton, 2020
31.5 x 43.3 x 15.7 inch
Sculpture

$4,699

Jérémy Ferreira, Basketball Luxury Chanel Gold, Sculpture

Jérémy Ferreira

Basketball Luxury Chanel Gold, 2021
31.5 x 43.3 x 15.7 inch
Sculpture

$4,699

Jérémy Ferreira, Luxury Basketball Chanel, Sculpture

Jérémy Ferreira

Luxury Basketball Chanel, 2020
31.5 x 43.3 x 15.7 inch
Sculpture

$4,699

Jérémy Ferreira, Luxury Basketball Supreme, Sculpture

Jérémy Ferreira

Luxury Basketball Supreme, 2020
31.5 x 43.3 x 15.7 inch
Sculpture

2,500 - $ 5,000

Jérémy Ferreira, Luxury Basketball Hermès, Sculpture

Jérémy Ferreira

Luxury Basketball Hermès, 2020
31.5 x 43.3 x 15.7 inch
Sculpture

2,500 - $ 5,000

Jérémy Ferreira, Luxury Basketball Versace, Sculpture

Jérémy Ferreira

Luxury Basketball Versace, 2020
31.5 x 43.3 x 15.7 inch
Sculpture

2,500 - $ 5,000

Mario Dilitz, 173, Sculpture

Mario Dilitz

173, 2018
82.7 x 27.6 x 17.7 inch
Sculpture

$55,423

Tal Nehoray, Blue Buddha Sculpture Duo (dark blue and baby blue Buddhas), Sculpture

Tal Nehoray

Blue Buddha Sculpture Duo (dark blue and baby blue Buddhas), 2018
3.9 x 2.8 x 0.8 inch
Sculpture

$145

Raluca Arnautu, Mummy, Sculpture

Raluca Arnautu

Mummy, 2014
22.8 x 12.2 x 6.1 inch
Sculpture

$723

Joanna Zakrzewska-Cholewa, Acrobat Game II, Sculpture

Joanna Zakrzewska-Cholewa

Acrobat Game II, 2021
20.3 x 9.1 x 2 inch
Sculpture

$1,000

Joanna Zakrzewska-Cholewa, 3 Acrobats, Sculpture

Joanna Zakrzewska-Cholewa

3 Acrobats, 2021
11 x 10.2 x 4.7 inch
Sculpture

$1,024

Popaz, No Pain No Gain, Sculpture

Popaz

No Pain No Gain, 2020
19.3 x 9.8 x 10.2 inch
Sculpture

$5,783

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