Members Save On Commemorative Sports Paintings
Alabama Farmers Federation members can relive gridiron glory with a 40 percent off select prints by acclaimed Alabama artist Rick Rush.
“Destiny Defeats Dynasty” immortalizes the moment Auburn University’s Chris Davis ran back a missed field goal to secure an Iron Bowl victory against rival Alabama in the game’s final second. “Absolutely Alabama” celebrates the University of Alabama’s 15th national championship, while “Coach Nick Saban” portrays the iconic leader surrounded by some of fans’ favorite players.
“One of the wonderful opportunities I have is to suspend in space and time extraordinary events in the history of this sporting life we all are living,” Rush said. “By capturing these events visually in a painting, others can relive, remember and relish those events.”
Members may choose from a variety of limited edition prints of each painting, from individually produced serigraphs and gallery-quality giclees to traditional signed and numbered prints and lithographs. Prints are framed for display. The discount offer ends Oct. 31.
“Rick’s depiction of Auburn’s last-second touchdown captured the scoreboard, featuring Alfa’s sponsorship,” said Federation Executive Director Paul Pinyan. “That connection opened the door to offer members a special discount for ‘Destiny Defeats Dynasty’ as well as the two prints featuring Alabama football, which Alfa also sponsors.”
Rush was born in Mobile where he discovered a talent for drawing. He played starting quarterback for his high school, but found fame on canvas rather than the field.
“Artists paint or write about things that are close to them,” Rush said. “Hemingway related to bullfighting, the sea and war. I relate to sports.”
Rush earned a Bachelor of Arts in 1972 from the University of Alabama, and then headed the Southern Living Gallery. In 1974, four of his drawings appeared in an ad in New Yorker magazine, prompting Rush to open his own gallery and pursue art full time.
Throughout his career, Rush has depicted numerous high-profile sports figures. He has twice been invited to the White House to meet U.S. presidents. The U.S. States Sports Academy and the American Sports Art Museum and Archives named him Sport Artist Of The Year in 2011.
Federation members may call (205) 792-9522 before Oct. 31 to order discounted prints.