Richard Hugh Blackford's “Shelly Ann Fraser Pryce Greatest of All Time”
Medium-Acrylic on canvas
Shelly Ann Fraser-Pryce was born in Kingston,Jamaica on December 27, 1986, and rose to prominence in 2008 when at 21 years old, the relatively unknown athlete became the first Caribbean woman to win 100 m gold at the Olympics in Beijing, China. In 2012, she successfully defended her 100 m title in London, England, becoming the third woman to win two consecutive 100 m gold medals at the Olympics. After winning bronze at the 2016 Summer Olympics, she became the first woman in history to win 100 m medals at three consecutive Olympic Games.
In 2009, Fraser-Pryce won 100 m gold at the IAAF World Championships, becoming the second female sprinter to reign as World and Olympic 100 m champion simultaneously. She later repeated this feat when she became 100m champion at the 2012 Olympics and 2013 World Championships. The only female sprinter to be crowned world champion over 100 m three times (2009, 2013 and 2015), she is also the first female sprinter to win gold medals in the 100 m, 200 m and 4 × 100 m in a single World Championship. In 2013, she also became the first woman to own IAAF World titles at 60 m, 100 m, 200 m and 4 × 100 m relay simultaneously.
Nicknamed the "Pocket Rocket" for her petite 5'.0" frame and her explosive starts, she is ranked fourth on the list of the fastest 100 m female sprinters of all time, with a personal best of 10.70 seconds. Her achievements and consistency led Olympian and sports commentator Michael Johnson to refer to her as "the greatest female sprinter of all time." Following her win in the 100 m at the 2015 World Championships, the IAAF also referred to her as "possibly the greatest female sprinter in history."
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Richard Hugh Blackford is one of the leading Jamaican impressionist painters working today. Largely self taught, he is widely known for his highly individual oil pieces inspired by his years living on the wonderful Caribbean island of Jamaica. His paintings come from a place that is not only very familiar to him, but representative of the type of diversity that only a place such as Jamaica has to offer. He visits the island on a regular basis – to constantly renew himself and to draw from this reservoir generous helpings of inspiration for his canvasses. In his work he always prefers to concentrate on a specific set of topics featuring the people and culture of the island in all its brilliance. Richard’s aim with his work is to convey the spirit of the Jamaican people and the magic of its environment.
After a number of years working in the cut-and-thrust of the Jamaican business environment, Richard took the decision to concentrate solely on his painting and hit the Jamaican Art scene with a solo exhibition of Cricket Paintings in 2005. Since then Richard has had some 20 solo exhibitions in Jamaica, Antigua, Barbados, the United Kingdom and in several states here in the USA. Not surprisingly, his work has been bought by collectors and buyers worldwide – Canada, the U.K., United States of America, The Cayman Islands, Antigua, Barbados as well as by a large and loyal following back in Jamaica.
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