How the NFL will paint a new picture on first-round choices

Is a picture worth a thousand words?

Portraits created by Southern California pop artist and painter Rob Prior are worth much more, some of which go as high as $ 1 million at auction.

For the first time on Thursday evening, Prior will be on stage at the NFL draft, painting at high speed and creating portraits of the players as they are selected. You plan to work on three canvases at the same time.

“As they’re coming, I’m going to blow it up,” said Prior, 57. “I’m an ambidextrous painter, so I’ll probably have a couple of things at once.”

He said his notice on which player will be selected is “less than minutes”.

“When the name is called, the new sheet of paper comes out and I go to town,” he said. “I’m quick, because I paint with two hands, so I’m lucky enough to be able to buzz around things. But I’ll do the job. I always do it.”

Sports funding expert Marc Ganis has put Prior in touch with the NFL, imagining that the league already has strong ties to the world of music but that there are opportunities in the visual arts space. He won’t have much time first; are 10 minutes between the choices in the first round.

The paintings will be auctioned for the benefit of various NFL charities and players will receive lithographs of themselves. Potential clients got a chance to take a look at some of Prior’s work on Wednesday in a draft event.

“I was like, ‘Wow, will he really make one of me?’ I feel lucky, ”said Kyler Gordon, cornerback of the University of Washington. “… Hell yes, I’d put it on the wall. I’d put it right in the center of my trophy room. “

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