Jim Thorpe #31 Tommy Cheng Painting
U.S.A, c. 1995
21 x 18 in (53 x 46 cm)
Portrait of New York Giants baseball player Jim Thorpe, the laugh lines around his eyes giving insight to the joy hiding behind his otherwise unsmiling face.
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: Paint on plywood