Today we’d like to introduce you to Sean Kane.
Sean, we’d love to hear your story and how you got to where you are today both personally and as an artist.
I’ve been a professional artist for 25 years, starting out in Chicago as a freelance illustrator for various magazines and newspapers, like the Tribune. As a kid, along with drawing, I fell in love with baseball while watching afternoon Cubs games at my grandparents’ house in the south suburbs. And right about that time I inherited my dad’s childhood baseball glove, which I adored and played with, of course.
About a dozen years ago, just for fun to take along with me as a conversation-starter at Spring Training in Arizona, I decided to try painting a glove I had laying around. It was a hit. A Hall of Fame player saw it, liked it (as did other fans) and from there I began to refine the idea of making baseball-themed artwork on gloves.
We’d love to hear more about your art. What do you do you do and why and what do you hope others will take away from your work?
My art now mainly focuses on depicting baseball’s great players via use of classic baseball gloves and mitts as my “canvas”. These baseball glove paintings incorporate portraiture, hand-lettering and design elements of the game to help tell stories about players and teams from the past to current day.
I use vintage gloves that are from 100 years old to new gloves custom made for me by manufacturers. I use whichever mitt best fits the story of the player being depicted, be they a catcher or outfielder, a current player or from the past, right-handed or left-handed. The gloves act as a sort of time machine, transporting viewers to the ball field and era relevant to the subject being featured. Each painting is unique, fitting itself to contours and shape of each glove, which also adds to the design and painting challenge. All paintings are with acrylics and various varnishes to ensure a long life for the art.
My goal is for the glove paintings is to spark memories of a favorite player, a moment around the game or curiosity about a player or era or the gloves themselves. The biggest the thrill in creating these is the reaction they generate in the recipient or viewer, whether they are a Hall of Famer or a casual fan, and knowing they will be enjoyed for years to come.
How can artists connect with other artists?
For connecting with other artists I’ve always been lucky to live in larger cities with established chapters of the Graphic Artists Guild or AIGA or other such professional arts-related associations. Getting together with these groups socially helps to break the isolation that can be part of the artist’s life. Participation with them has also led to life-long friendships and a continuing art and business education by sharing knowledge on current practices, trends and personalities in the art world.
Do you have any events or exhibitions coming up? Where would one go to see more of your work? How can people support you and your artwork?
People can see my baseball glove art in the permanent collection of the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum in Kansas City and at various exhibits including at the Sherwin Miller Museum of Jewish Art, and West Virginia University in recent years. If you happen to be a ball player, you’d see my work in the clubhouse at the Milwaukee Brewers stadium, Miller Park, or at recent presentations at Philadelphia Phillies games. I have an exhibit scheduled for early 2020 at Butler University in Indianapolis. Online my work can be seen at, SeanKaneBaseballArt.com, where one can commission custom baseball glove paintings, purchase glove art or buy a portfolio book with a selection of my painted gloves.
- Website: www.seankanebaseballart.com
- Phone: 519-836-5647
- Email: email@example.com
- Instagram: instagram.com/paintedgloves
- Facebook: facebook.com/paintedgloves
- Twitter: twitter.com/paintedgloves
Images by Sean Kane