Forbes has created art for most of America's top magazines including TIME, Sports Illustrated and Golf Digest as well as for a long list of major sporting events including the Kentucky Derby, America's Cup, the Indianapolis 500, Boston Marathon and the Olympic Games as well as numerous PGA tournaments including Pebble Beach, The Players Championship and the Ryder Cup.
“Bart is an absolute dream to work with, as he is a consummate professional,” said Taba Dale,
President of Scottsdale Collection, a company devoted to creating great golf experiences through art acquisition and or memorable golf adventures around the world. “He’s an amazing talent who has
painted just about every sport you can think of, but golf is the sport that he has enjoyed playing. When
looking for an artist, I thought Bart's style of painting would be a perfect complement for the interior of The Concession Golf Club, in that it is very representational and contemporary at the same time.”
The Concession Golf Club was conceived in commemoration of the 1969 Ryder Cup singles
match between Jack Nicklaus and Tony Jacklin, where Nicklaus conceded a putt on the 18th hole to
Jacklin rendering the two teams in a 17-17 tie and allowing The United States to retain the Ryder Cup
having won it in 1967. Nicklaus’ gesture, known as “the concession,” marked the beginning of a lasting
friendship between the two men and inspired one of America’s great golf clubs.
Bruce Cassidy Jr., General Manager of The Concession Golf Club, felt a painting of Ryder was
needed to help complete the clubhouse’s growing art collection. “We feel privileged and delighted to have this magnificent painting of Samuel Ryder added to our wonderful ‘Concession Collection,’” said Cassidy. “We believe that this painting will help honor the man who has become such a prominent figure in the history of golf and one The Concession will be forever linked with.”
Samuel Ryder (1858-1936), a prominent English seed merchant and entrepreneur, sponsored
the first biennial golf championship between the best professional golfers from the United States and
the United Kingdom. That event has since grown to include Europe and is considered by many to be
the most important team competition in golf.
Forbes’ oil on canvas painting prominently features Samuel Ryder holding the original Ryder Cup trophy, a solid gold cup that he donated in 1927. Walter Hagen, the first U.S. team captain and Abe Mitchell, a top British professional golfer, are in the background. Mitchell was also Ryder’s private golf
tutor and the model for the figure that stands atop the Ryder Cup trophy. The building in the
background is Gleneagles, Scotland, the site of the first informal matches played in 1921 and the host
of the 2014 Ryder Cup.
Two hundred and fifty signed and numbered paper and canvas copies of the original painting
are available for purchase with a portion of the proceeds going to the Samuel Ryder Foundation. Paper copies, $400, are approximately 20 x 28 inches (image size 15 x 22 x 12 inches) and the canvas prints, $600, measure 24 x 36 inches.
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