R. Pierick Smith aka
The artist name Paintin' Manning is one of the best I have ever heard and is reason alone to include Pierick Smith, his real name, here. But look further than the epic name, he has legit art backing the name up!
On his website he states he was filling sketchbooks, notepads and boxes with drawings as a hobby since he can remember. Afterwards he graduated from university and is creating art as an occupation for 3 years now.
'I came back to art after 6 years of post-college corporate work. Best decision I ever made. I realize how lucky I am for being able to say I'm a sports artist.'
We are lucky you made that decision too!
Paintin' Pierre makes incredible 2D paintings of todays American sports athletes. But what makes him unique are his 'Pop-Pop' artworks. The players, cut-outs from light wood and colored with acrylic paing, literally pop out of the frame! The extra dimension gives the works even more physicality, which works extremely well for sports inspired art! A lot of the athletes he portrayed have displayed their enthusiasm for his style and works publicly on Twitter!