“Roy Campanella” is a 15 inch by 15 inch line artwork (black and white) archival print that was produced from the original artwork by Lyle Suter in the early 1950s. The original artwork was 6 inches by 6 inches. The artwork is a stylized image of baseball play at home plate with Roy Campanella, Catcher, Brooklyn Dodgers, an umpire and a runner sliding in safe. Similar to Piano Man, this artwork gives the viewer a sense of movement and energy so that you can almost hear the umpire call “safe” with his outstretched arms and open mouth as the runner slides underneath the catcher’s tag.
The Brooklyn Dodgers were Mr. Suter’s favorite sports team because of his love of baseball and friendship with Jackie Robinson that was born while he was in the United States Army stationed in Texas for basic training during WWII.
The Roy Campanella artwork is displayed in the Lyle Suter Art Museum in the Private Collection exhibit in the New York City (NYC)1950 section along with photos taken by Mr. Suter of 1950s NYC. The NYC section is immediately after the introductory photos of Mr. Suter at his homes in the early 1950s in New York City and in the 2000s in Palm Desert, CA. Piano Man and Roy Campanella make ideal art companions to enhance a room, restaurant bar or office because of their iconic subjects and manageable size.