Rio 2016 Olympic Games have ended, bringing excitement and extraordinary competitions into our lives. We all knew it must come to end, but let’s take a moment to look back at the things that we loved the most about it.
Starting with Usain Bolt, who outdone himself with a triple triple: three Olympic Games, three gold medals in each. A world record over 100m, 200 m, and in the sprint relay. Sadly, at this note, he also announced his retirement from the Games… You will be missed, Bolt! (And your perfectly cheeky smile!)
Our hearts were touched by the lovebirds, Chinese Olympic team diver He Zi and her boyfriend, bronze medal diver, Qin Kai. Just after receiving her silver medal for the women’s three-metre springboard, He Zi had received another gift (this time from the heart) from Qin, who in front of the whole world watching, proposed. She said yes!
Great Britain’s record-breaking Olympic team has now returned back to London, being the first country to improve on a home medal haul at the next Games, their 67 beating 65 from London 2012. Upon arriving to Heathrow Airport they realised that all of their Olympic bags were identical… Ending Olympics on one last tricky competition of the season, trying to figure out which one’s which.
What a spectacle the Games were, and how incredibly inspired we are! And to celebrate this occasion, we present a selection of our favourite artworks inspired by sport below.
Legmo, 2012 by Paul Oz
To commemorate London 2012 Olympics, Paul Oz produced a special edition of Legmo man wearing Team GB Olympic clothing. Legmo is a hand embellished print on boxed canvas, 100 × 100 cm. Limited edition of 100.
Having been commissioned work for British Olympic champions, Team Sky, Sir Alex Ferguson, Red Bull and Pirelli, among many others, we could not be more pleased to introduce this work by Paul Oz to celebrate Britain’s great achievements in the Olympics.
Hoop Dreams, 2016 by Emanuele D’Angelo
Hoop Dreams by Emanuele D’Angelo is a museum quality photographic print shot at the legendary Sheats Goldstein Residence in Los Angeles. Being a friend of Jimmy Goldstein and a regular guest at the house, Emanuele captured the free spirit of LA in this spectacular photo, showing a different side of the widely-known residence. Jimmy and Emanuele are both avid basketball fans, never missing an NBA game when in LA.
GOAT: A Tribute To Muhammad Ali by TASCHEN
Greatest of All Time: A Tribute to Muhammad Ali is a Collector’s Edition book with the power, courage, and dazzling energy of its extraordinary subject. Limited to 9,000 copies it features five decades worth of interviews and original essays, as well as thousands of images, many published for the first time. The book is signed by Muhammad Ali and artist Jeff Koons, and features photolitho Radial Champs by Koons measuring 50 x 40 cm.
Queen Jack 90th by Paul Oz
Although Japanese Prime Minister has done an incredible appearance as Super Mario at the closing ceremony (watch the full video of the transformation below), we still remember the Queen’s fantastic arrival to London Olympics opening with James Bond. 2016 celebrates her Majesty’s 90th Birthday, and Paul Oz pays her tribute with a portrait entitled Queen Jack 90th, set in a bespoke stamp frame. It is available as a unique original, as well as hand-embellished canvas in edition of 90, and a paper print edition of 200.