When people think “Olympics,” works of art are not usually the first images that pop into their heads. Sports, obviously; architecture, sure; ceremony and spectacle, absolutely – but paintings tend to be pretty far down the list. This year, however, Montrealer Marc Ahr is changing the Olympics narrative as his twenty-two-year story of artistic odyssey is finally hitting the papers and internet (as in this NPR article and the accompanying video below).
Since the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1990, Ahr has been travelling the world painting the sports and spectators of the Olympic Games. Summer, Winter and Paralympic Games all get equal coverage as he quickly sketches pen and watercolour panoramic tableaux. This year’s Olympics in Sochi have offered the easiest commute of his journey as he has spent the past ten years splitting his time between Montreal and Russia. Check out this Canada.com video for a personal look at Ahr’s Olympic-sized art obsession, and see his art gallery for his takes on the past twenty years of international sports.
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