Lou Grant

Born 1934 in Brooklyn, New York
High School of Art and Design
Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art
1957 to 1959 US Army, stationed in Germany

Freelance graphic design work 1960 to 1997

Began painting full time in 1998

 

 

Prices available upon request.

 

326 East 119th Street
New York, NY 10035
 
Telephone:  212.410.1350

Email: lougrantart@gmail.com

 

The Negro Baseball Leagues

Grant, himself a talented baseball player, first attended Negro League games as a child in the 1930s and 1940s. Baseball games were a community event — families put on their finest clothes and packed picnics for Sunday double-headers.Baseball players were idealized figures, and fans followed their careers as the players moved from team to team in the Negro Baseball Leagues and later in Major League baseball.

These paintings do not represent actual players. At that time, Negro League players were not featured as sports heroes in photos on bubble gum cards or in newspapers and magazines. Uniforms varied greatly, even within the same team — colors of socks and styles of lettering on shirts were inconsistent. The artist has had to rely on his collected memories to create the images shown here.

 

Memories of Growing Up in Brooklyn

The paintings of family groups are also memory snapshots, recalling a tradition of posed family portraits. Everyone is dressed in their Sunday best, standing formally in front of the family house or next to a shiny new car, not necessarily their own, on their way to some holiday event or family gathering. Others are celebrating at the Cafe Zanzibar, or getting together after church.

 

Paintings in the collections of:

  • Wendy and George Airday, New Paltz NY
  • Jeanne Andlinger, New York, NY, and Paris, France
  • Bertha Brandon, New York, NY
  • Owen Brown Jr., Freeport, NY
  • Ann Cox Chambers, Atlanta, GA
  • Walter Dawes, Brooklyn, NY
  • Elaine Edwards, Brooklyn, NY
  • Michelle Edwards, San Francisco, CA
  • Jeff Friedman, CA
  • Constance Kantor, Newton, MA
  • Larry Lyttle, Pacific Palisades, CA
  • William and Millie Gladstone, New York, NY
  • Paul Jones, Atlanta, GA
  • Steve Kahn, Heathrow, FL
  • Ellen Marsh, New York, NY
  • Andrew Morse, Merton Station, PA
  • William Parsons, Brooklyn, NY
  • Sandy Plotkin, Westchester, NY
  • Mark R. Roberts, Menlo Park, CA,
  • Ron and Barbara Schade, Rosendale, NY
  • Marsha Torn, New York, NY
  • Fred Wilpon, Long Island, NY
  • Mary Zlot, San Francisco, CA
  • Permanent Collection of the National Baseball Hall of Fame
    and Museum, Cooperstown, NY