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Artist Mike Sullivan is currently designing and creating 25 murals at stadiums and venues across the country.
The first mural of the series (of Pat Tillman) is located at Arizona State University’s Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe, AZ. Other murals in the series include: University of Texas, Notre Dame University, University of Southern California (USC), University of California Los Angles (UCLA), Brigham Young University and University of Nebraska.
To learn more about each mural click on the names below.
Mike was born outside of Buffalo, NY and from an early age showed a penchant for drawing and painting. When he was in 5th grade his family moved to Syracuse, NY where he began taking weekly art classes at the Everson Museum and began his focus on figure drawing.
Three years later his family moved again to Detroit, MI where his high school art teacher introduced him to the latest painting techniques and materials. He then attended The Center for Creative Studies Art College in downtown Detroit where he majored in Illustration and Fine Arts.
After college he moved back east where he began creating graphics for the PC industry for such clients as IBM, Sony, NEC and Ericsson. At this time he continued his painting as his style and technique continued to grow.
He then moved to Manhattan in NYC and began working in the video game industry where he created graphics and animations for Nintendo/Sega/Sony games including The Simpsons, Home Alone, EA Sports, Star Trek and others.
While living in New York he continued painting and drawing as well as taking classes and workshops at the legendary Art Students League near Central Park. During this time his illustration work appeared in magazines and publications around the world.
He later served as an art director at the DMBB ad agency before moving to the west coast. In Southern California he refined his powerful style and began offering his paintings to collectors as well as executing commissions for art collectors, professional athletes, corporations and others special events.
Mike is The Official Artist of The Ronnie Lott IMPACT Trophy awarded annually and broadcast nationally on FOX to the best defensive player in college football each year.
His original paintings as well as his limited editions are featured in many venues and private collections around the world. He has served as The Official Artist of The Best Damn Sports Show Period (Fox Sports Net) where his paintings of Chicago Bear RB Walter Payton and NBA legend Dr. J were featured on the permanent set. His original works have also been displayed on other TV broadcasts including shows on ABC, ESPN, Direct TV, HBO and FOX.
He is currently creating a series of 25 original murals at major stadiums and venues that began with his first mural of Pat Tillman at ASU’s Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe, AZ. Recent murals include one at DKR Memorial Stadium in Austin, TX (University of Texas), Jackie Robinson Stadium (UCLA Baseball) and The Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum (USC Football) in LA. Upcoming murals include other top colleges as well as several professional sports arenas and stadiums.
Collectors of his work include Ben Roethlisberger, Leigh Steinberg, John “Spider” Salley, Mack Brown, AC Green, Mark Sanchez, Carson Palmer, Tim Brown, Stephen Jones, Warren Moon as well as many other athletes, corporations and art collectors.
His artwork has also raised money for many charities and foundations including The Magic Johnson Foundation, The Pat Tillman Foundation, Miller Children’s Hospital, Kurt Warner FTF Foundation, Hannah and Friends and the Orangewood Pals/ Hillview Acres charity.
Mike’s work continues to grow as he focus on the human figure in sports and play, as well as other subjects created in his unique “chiseled” style of painting.
“It has been a while since I’ve seen an artist who is able to capture the skeleton and essence of an athlete. You are looking at the true being of an athlete through Mike’s art.” John “Spider” Salley Four-Time NBA Champion, TV Host
“It’s amazing, a new unique style. To look at all these and to see how he recreates it – the fine work that he does — is amazing. It really touches you.” Ben Roethlisberger Pittsburgh Steelers Quarterback,
2x Super Bowl Champion
“The first time I saw one of Mike’s paintings, I was blown away. It’s amazing work.”Chris Rose NFL Network/MLB Network Host
“He actually did a portrait of me throwing the ball and I also have a SC helmet painting at home. He does some cool stuff.” Carson Palmer Arizona Cardinals Quarterback, Heisman Trophy Winner
HOSPITALS & SCHOOLS ART WORKSHOPS
One of our goals is to help revive and support art education in schools. Children are falling victim to budget cuts and we as a nation are seeing talent wasted instead of nurtured.
School curricula have shifted heavily toward common core subjects of reading and math. Although some may regard art education as a luxury, simple creative activities are some of the building blocks of child development. Learning to create and appreciate visual aesthetics may be more important than ever to the development of the next generation of children as they grow up.