Thanks to my friend who runs EGulbis on tumblr for sharing this.
ATP World Tour opening with an
art exhibition. Art and tennis are being brought together in Doha, Qatar Ritums Ivanovs will present ten new portraits during the Qatar ExxonMobile Open, starting January 3rd, 2011. The subjects of the 2 x 2m paintings are a selection of the world's top tennis players -- Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, Robin Soderling, Nikolay Davydenko, Andy Murray, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Fernando Verdasco, Marcos Baghdatis and Ernests Gulbis.
Ivanovs has been amongst the most promising Latvian artists for several year and his arrival on the international art scene was confirmed by a successful sale at Sotheby's London in 2009. The portraits that will be presented in Doha this upcoming January, strive to express the vast emotional spectrum of tennis players. The artist's intention has been to capture a moment in time, a fragment of each tennis player's inner world whilst on court. According to the artist, the intense light projected on the tennis court during matches occasionally reveals a more thorough understanding of the personal battles that each tennis player undergoes. Consequently, light is of utmost importance in Ivanovs work. For the artist, light has a metaphysical quality; it brings out the passion, fear and intensity of tennis players. In addition to inviting the spectator to contemplate on the individuality of each player, the portraits, when approached closer, lure the contemplator to plunge into the artist's world of carefully chosen tonal harmony and linear precision.
The exhibition "Lights On" aims to bring Art and Tennis another step closer. Today, it is accepted that art is a language of decipherable metaphors whose purpose is to explore, by means of association, the aspects of contemporary society. Whether or not one agrees with such a belief, it will be interesting to see Ivanovs's interpretation of the charismatic characters and dynamic nature of today's top tennis players.
I really enjoyed reading this & watching this video! I highly look forward in seeing all the work he is doing with the ATP! It's exciting!