HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. (June 23, 2016) – Linda Hartough, world-renowned golf-landscape artist (www.hartough.com), will display two original oil paintings and two drawings in “Game On: Sports in Ancient and Modern Art,” an exhibit to take place July 9 – October 9 at Peninsula Fine Arts Center, in Newport News, Va.
“I am honored to be part of this special exhibit,” said Hartough. “As golf is played all over the world, it takes its rightful place among sports portrayed through art throughout the centuries.”
The theme of sports is worldwide in art, and has occupied artists from ancient times to the present. Sport long has served art as one of its happiest sources. Well before words, art recorded man’s tests of strength and agility, his games and diversions. The works on view will depict a sweep of sporting activities. As leisure time and sports entertainment expanded through the years, artists who shared the public’s growing fascination with sports reacted by incorporating the subject into their art.
Hartough’s original oil paintings to be included in the exhibit are on loan from the collection of Mr. and Mrs. Henry C. Wolf. They include “17th Hole, Road Hole” of the Old Course, St Andrews (done in 1990 for the 1990 Open Championship) and “The 14th and 4th Holes, Carnoustie Golf Links” (done in 1998 for the 1999 Open Championship). These were the first and last paintings in Hartough’s Open Championship Series, done from 1990–1999, commissioned by the Open Championship Committee of the Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews, Scotland.
Hartough’s two drawings to be exhibited, on loan from the artist’s collection, were done in conjunction with the paintings and were printed in the lower margins of the limited-edition prints. The drawing of the Royal & Ancient Golf clubhouse and 18th green of the Old Course of St Andrews was done in 1990. The drawing of the 18th Hole and town of Carnoustie was done in 1998.
About Peninsula Fine Arts Center
Peninsula Fine Arts Center, formed in 1962, is affiliated with the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. One of the premier arts advocates in the area, it is one of only 20 non-collecting art centers accredited by the American Alliance of Museums. It is located at 101 Museum Drive within Mariners’ Museum Park, in Newport News, Va. For information, call 757-596-8175 or visit www.pfac-va.org.
About Linda Hartough
A confirmed artist since childhood, early in her career Hartough painted landscapes, portraits and horses. In 1984, Augusta National Golf Club commissioned her to paint its famous 13th hole, an event which propelled Hartough toward specialization as a golf-landscape painter. Since then, her work has achieved a distinguished status, displayed in the permanent collections of such legendary clubs as Augusta National, Laurel Valley, Pinehurst and Pine Valley, as well as in the personal collections of such golf notables as Jack Nicklaus, Raymond Floyd and Rees Jones. Her work is included in the collections of the USGA Museum, in Far Hills, N.J., and the Morris Museum of Art in Augusta, Ga.
Known for extraordinary attention to detail in her recreation of some of golf’s most beautiful holes, Hartough imbues her paintings with admiration for the scenery’s natural beauty and respect for the game’s history and tradition, elements which seem to emerge from the canvas.
Hartough’s paintings of various holes at Augusta National Golf Club are prized by collectors the world over. In addition, Hartough painted the first of her U.S. Open series in 1990 – commissioned by the U.S. Golf Association – a 25-year series she completed in 2014, as well as her official British Open Championship series from 1990-1999.
Hartough has been honored with the Golf Digest Lifetime Achievement Award. She is a Founding Trustee of the Academy of Golf Art, a professional society of golf artists established in 2004 to create an awareness and appreciation of golf art as a valuable segment of fine art.
For more information, visit www.hartough.com.