Sports Artist - Oswego, Kansas
Ted Watts, b. December 12, 1942 is an American artist specializing in sports themed display paintings, illustrations and murals. He is most famed as being the only artist alive to have painted art gallery portraits of every one of the 77 Heisman Trophy winners and rendered cover illustrations for three NCCA Basketball Championships ‘Final Four’ event program covers.
He is among the last of a dying breed of classically trained traditional media artists whose Old Masters art style, techniques and art materials applications separate themselves from the computer-slick illustrations of twenty-first century digital artists and the multitude of photo shop craftsmen and commercial artists who populate the art marketplace today.
Nationally, both the fine arts world and sports fans recognize Watts' unique artistic style from the series of seventy-seven art portraits entitled “The Heisman Trophy Winners Art Gallery” on display in the College Football Hall of Fame - South Blend, IN; a panoramic 33' x 10' Oklahoma Sooners Football mural on display within the Barry Switzer Center on the University of Oklahoma campus - Norman, OK; a series of 172 art portraits for the University of Kansas Athletics Hall of Fame on display or archived in ‘Phog’ Allen Fieldhouse on the KU campus in Lawrence, KS; a TCU ‘Horned Frogs Football’ mural in the John Justin Center on the TCU campus in Fort Worth, TX; and a panoramic 72' x 10' Wichita State Shockers Baseball mural on display at Eck Stadium on the WSU campus - Wichita, KS.
Watts has always been known by the public and the media more for his portraiture, detailed compositions and distinctive trademark “lightning bolt” artistic signature than his rare public appearances. Notoriously reclusive, he seldom leaves the friendly confines of the four-state area of Kansas, Oklahoma, Missouri and Arkansas preferring to work on art projects at home rather than travel.