Featured Artist: Terry Beveridge
A warped effect offers a new perspective to poker
Contrary to popular belief, C.M. Coolidge was not the only artist to create a piece of art dedicated to the popular game of poker. In more recent years, we have had a host of other contemporary artists creating works of art that depict poker in ways we were yet to explore.
Earlier this year, Terry Beveridge, an artist from Detroit who grew up watching his grandmother paint with oils in their backyard, released a series of paintings known as “The Art of Poker”. The series depicts three of today’s best poker players, selected based on their playing styles and general skill in the game.
The first poker player featured in the series is Doyle Brunson, an American poker player who has been in the poker scene for 50 years. He’s won the World Series of Poker Main Event twice, and has been inducted into the Poker Hall of Fame. Also known as “The Legend,” Brunson is the perfect candidate for such an immortalizing piece. Beveridge’s depiction of The Legend features an amazing level of detail, capturing even the intensity in Brunson’s eyes.
Gus Hansen is the subject of the second painting. Voted as one of People magazine’s 50 Sexiest Men in 2004, the appeal behind Hansen is undeniable. Hansen’s gambling exploits are not limited to the world of poker, as he has also been known to take bets on some of his personal athletic challenges. Hansen is also known as “The Great Dane”, and Beveridge’s efforts to capture his signature standoffish look pays off in this piece of art. Showcasing a mastery of shading techniques, Beveridge brings Hansen’s masculinity to the portrait.
The last piece features Daniel Negreanu, a poker player who recently shot to fame. After losing the <html> <a rel=“nofollow” href="http://www.partypoker.com/">partypoker</a> </html> Premier League in 2013, Negreanu won the World Series of Poker Europe High Roller in the same year, as well as Player of the Year. Beveridge considers Negreanu to be one of the greatest minds in the game to date, and jokingly says that he may also be a mind reader. Negreanu’s portrait makes use of different shades of color to bring intensity to the player’s expression, making it seem as though he was in a poker game and concentrating on the task at hand.
Beveridge claims that he will create more portraits after this series.