Four baseball-themed paintings by artist Sean Kane have recently been acquired for the permanent collection of The National Pastime Museum, one of which is currently featured in a Special Exhibition.
The artworks, painted on 100-year-old baseball gloves, include an interpretation of the famous baseball poem, “Casey at the Bat”, and depictions of early baseball stars Shoeless Joe Jackson, Christy Mathewson and Al Simmons. Intricate hand-lettering and realistic portraits accent the antique leather mitt “canvases” of these paintings.
Sean Kane, known for featuring baseball’s greats and detailing their achievements on era-specific baseball gloves, has been a professional artist for 20 years. His work has been exhibited at the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, the Milwaukee Brewers’ major league ballpark and is in private collections across the U.S. Kane is a Chicago-area native based in Ontario, Canada.
“I used three century-old mitts for the “Casey at the Bat” painting as a way to reference the catcher who is never mentioned in the poem but would have been integral to Casey’s at bat in the tale”, said Kane.
“My art is inspired by classic baseball graphics, old advertisements and a desire to connect fans today with stories and memories from baseball history,” said Kane, who uses acrylic paints for his imagery.
The Special Exhibition that includes Kane’s triptych, “Casey at the Bat”, is currently online.
The National Pastime Museum is an online museum based on a private collection of baseball artifacts.
Kane’s painted glove art can be seen at his website.