Artist, Mark "Kurupt" Stoddart, has just opened his latest exhibit in Toronto, Homage: Celebrating The Journey. The works are inspired by some of the photos he came across after stumbling into The SPORT Gallery, if you remember SPORT Magazine from back in the day, you can imagine that Stoddart had free rein of over 200,000 sports photos in their archives. The brilliant collection is comprised of "black iconic athletes who broke colour barriers and came to stand as symbols of American and Canadian culture." Included, are Canadian pitcher and Cy Young winner, Fergie Jenkins, football player Jim Brown, Olympic gold medalist Tommie Smith, and basketball legends Wilt Chamberlain and Bill Russell.
His paintings always embody his passion, with a spirit of social activism and a commitment to “educate, empower and unite”, and Homage holds true to that vein. The collection will be on display at the Sport Gallery until November 26th. Look for an interview with Stoddart later in the coming weeks.