Football Movies by J Scott Nicol.
This is not a photo. It is an original oil painting.
24” x 36”
The painting entitled “Football Movies” depicts some of the best American Films about Football at the high school, college, and professional level. Featuring:
- “We Are Marshall” based on true story of the 1970 plane crash that killed 37 members of the Marshall University Thundering Herd football team. The movie shows the rebuilding of the team and the healing of the community
- “Heaven Can Wait” is a movie about a LA Rams quarterback who was accidentally taken to Heaven before his time by an eager angel, he is returned in time to complete his dream
- “Remember the Titans” is based on a true story about an African-American, Coach Boone, who attempts to integrate T.C. Williams High School football team in Alexandria Virginia
- “Brian’s Song” a 1971 “ABC Movie of the Week” which chronicles Brian Piccolo’s struggle with terminal cancer told through the friendship of Chicago Bears runnin back Gale Sayers.
- “Friday Nights Lights” follows the story of the 1988 Permian High School Panthers football team as they make a run towards the state championships
- “Rudy” depicts the desire of Daniel “Rudy” Ruettiger who dreamed of playing football at the University of Notre Dame. Despite overwhelming obstacles he is allowed to play the last play of the year and is carried off the field by his teammates
America’s Premier Painter of Books
“My passion for art began in High School. In 1979, I graduated from Rutgers University with a Fine Art degree in Photography and Painting. For the next 28 years, I was a successful commercial artist in print, video, graphics and textile design.
At age 50, I rediscovered my passion for fine art painting. I was selected by The Kennedy Center in Washington, DC to create a series of paintings to commemorate their “First Performances.”
From the success at The Kennedy Center, I focused on Broadway, another love of mine, and created a series of paintings using books, objects and sheet music, to commemorate the top Broadway musicals of all time. I worked closely with the Broadway community incorporating props and playbills from the actual shows in each oil painting.
The books used in the Broadway paintings inspired my next series incorporating books on a shelf. Classic first edition books as well as invented Pop culture book spines are realistically painted, incorporating trompe l’oeil rips and tears.”
Each of his paintings in the series is thematic. Much like a bookstore or library organizes its books into categories; Scott creates his book paintings into themes based on Popular Culture organized by years such as “1969,” Art History as seen in “Pop Art” and “Art Deco,” Biography themes like “Tormented Genius” and Travel themes organized by city shown in “New York, New York.”
In addition to all the work involved in researching and developing each component of the painting, Scott makes up and creates each book separately. With over two hundred and fifty books created so far the iconic images run the gamut of subjects including; Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley, Joe Namath, John Riggins, Neil Armstrong, Marlon Brando, Woodstock, The Beetles, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, The Supremes, Buddy Holly, Marilyn Monroe, Michael Jackson, Farrah Fawcett, Babe Ruth, Ben Franklin, Don Quixote, Jane Austen, Shakespeare, Beethoven, Vermeer, Dali, Erte, Warhol, Lichtenstein, The Cubs, The Phillies, Blues Brothers, The Capitol Building, Lincoln Memorial, Statue of Liberty, Chrysler Building, Brooklyn Bridge, and so many more to come.