Cassius Clay #117 Tommy Cheng Painting

U.S.A, 1997
48 x 24 in (122 x 61 cm)
ID #TC-Z-117

Portrait of Cassius Clay in his first boxing match at 12 years-old against opponent Ronnie O'Keefe. Clay was the winner, but in this portrait of Clay before the match, his nerves and hesitation shine through.

Tommy Cheng is a contemporary outsider and folk artist who lives and paints in Washington Heights. His unique style of portraiture has attracted gallery shows in New York, San Francisco, Washington D.C., Atlanta, and Paris. Cheng's portraits are inspired by pop culture and celebrities. With its wide open eyes, deceivingly expressive faces, and modernly flat construction a Cheng portrait is instantly identifiable.

Artist: Tommy Cheng

Material: Acrylic on plywood

TC-#117

250-500 art art brut asian american athlete boxer boxing cassius clay folk art muhammad ali naive art new york nyc olympian original outsider art painting portrait sports washington heights

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