‘Art of the North’ exhibit puts Raptors global fan art on display
Written by Donovan Bennett for Sportsnet
Basketball is no longer just a sport. It has become a global phenomenon because of its ability to intersect with fashion, music and art.
The on-going ‘Art of the North’ exhibit is a celebration of that fact in the most diverse NBA city, Toronto.
The exhibit showcases Raptors-inspired artwork in the form of sculptures, photography, sneakers, graphic art and paintings. Artists tied to the Raptors such as assistant coach Patrick Mutombo and Ajiri Ujiri, brother of team president Masai, also had their worked displayed in the showcase that included over 100 pieces from 40 artists from around the world.
Casey Bannerman is a Toronto Raptors season ticket holder who uses his artistic talents to express his passion for the team. Casey has sold the rights of some of his work to Fred VanVleet.
“I think as a fan you notice subtle things about their personality in the arena and I just want to reflect that in my art,” Bannerman explains.
It’s not just the players who have noticed either. Kyle Lowry’s mother, Marie, was such a fan of Casey’s depiction of her son she asked how to get her hands on his work, which he gifted to her for free.