Centennial Olympic Games: Women’s Gymnastics

a woman doing gymnastics

Artist: Richard Waldrep
Art director: Carl T. Herrman
First day of issue: May 2, 1996

Airbrush and ink on paper affixed to board

To honor all Olympic athletes rather than specific competitors, Richard Waldrep disguised the identities of the subjects taken from his source photos. In this painting, a careful blend of light and dark spaces draws attention away from the gymnast’s obscured face while forming a beautiful composition in its own right.

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