Thursday, January 12, 2012

The “Blue Bum” Paintings of Stephen Seemayer

From The Baseball Reliquary -

The Baseball Reliquary launches its 2012 season by presenting an exhibition, Occupy Chavez Ravine: The “Blue Bum” Paintings of Stephen Seemayer, from February 4-March 29, 2012 at the West Covina Library, 1601 West Covina Parkway, West Covina, California.

For his L.A. Blue Bum series of paintings, artist Stephen Seemayer resurrected a character from the past, the Brooklyn Bum, the brilliant creation of the late sports cartoonist Willard Mullin. While working for the New York World-Telegram in the 1930s, Mullin introduced the Bum, which provided an instant identity to the Dodgers and the entire borough of Brooklyn, a symbol which would endure through times of heartbreak and triumph. A tattered tramp with a four-day growth of beard, patched clothing, and flapping soles, chewing on a cigar stub and mangling the English language, the Bum would appear in some 2,000 Willard Mullin drawings, right up to the Dodgers’ controversial departure to the West Coast in 1958.

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1 comment:

crzblue said...

Love Steve's paintings! Looking forward to it and is closer to my house. Steve and his wife are part of the Dodgers Totp Deck family.