John-Mark Gleadow GREAT SPORTS MOVIES
John-Mark Gleadow GREAT SPORTS MOVIES
John-Mark Gleadow GREAT SPORTS MOVIES

John-Mark Gleadow GREAT SPORTS MOVIES

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"Great Sports Movies" by John Mark Gleadow

  • Gallery Wrapped Giclee on Canvas - Ready to Hang
  • Certificate of Authenticity
  • Made in The USA
A stand out athlete in high school, John-Mark had long contemplated doing a sports piece. The final nudge to get him to finally do one came when a collector, who had purchased John-Mark’s original, “Once Upon a Time”, asked John-Mark to consider doing a sports piece for him. 

When John-Mark  heard his ideas, he lept at the opportunity. The collector supplied John-Mark with many lists of the  greatest sports movies of all time and John-Mark did his own research as well, looking not only at the  movies themselves but what is most important to him – the images that accompany those titles with a view towards how they would all work together.

After many months of consultation with a special emphasis on The Natural book, the Rocky book and the book heights, the two men reached a consensus and work began. Being John-Mark’s favorite movie of the lot, and one which he suggested be in the piece, Chariots of Fire also proved to be the most challenging due to the number of portraits the one book spine contains.

The Chariots of Fire book which John-Mark created also proved to provide some suspense for the collector and John-Mark after the piece was delivered. After it was hung in his home, the man who commissioned the piece called the gallery through which he was provided with John-Mark’s services in a panic – there was a hole in the piece! The consultant contacted John-Mark and explained to him what the problem was. As he looked back at his personal photos of the progression of the piece, John-Mark got a good chuckle. Relieved, he explained to the art consultant that the original had not been pierced as the collector had feared – John-Mark had painted the dust jacket of the book to be old an worn, as he often does, and part of that damage was that there was a small hole in the dust jacket on the “o” in Chariots. Everyone was relieved & amazed that even upon the closest inspection, John-Mark’s abilities blur the line between reality and the images he creates.

 

This work of art features book binding depictions of

  • Remember the Titans
  • Field of Dreams
  • Rocky
  • Bull Durham
  • The Pride of the Yankees
  • Miracle
  • Hoosiers
  • Chariots of Fire
  • The Natural