A Reputation For Quality and Professionalism:
After creating the world-famous bronze sculpture of Micheal Jordan titled The Spirit in 1994 for the Chicago Bulls, The Fine Art Studio of Rotblatt-Amrany achieved and maintained a stellar reputation in the sports industry for creating iconic, high-quality sports memorabilia pieces for elite clients such as the Chicago Bulls, the Chicago Cubs, and the Los Angeles Lakers.
In 2009, The Studio was once again commissioned by the Chicago Bulls to honor a notable NBA superstar–Scottie Pippen, a small forward who spent over a decade with the team from 1987-1998 and 2003-2004. Pippen, a 7-time NBA all-star, was integral to the success of the Chicago Bulls during the 1990s, as they won six NBA championships from 1991-1993 and 1996-1998.
The lead artist on the project was Julie Amrany, co-founder of The Fine Art Studio of Rotblatt-Amrany. Julie is a multimedia artist who specializes in sculpture and painting. To view more of Julie’s work, please click here.
Capturing Pippen’s Likeness:
The Chicago Bulls requested a life-size, half figure bronze casting of Pippen’s likeness. To begin this work, Julie met with Pippen to take his measurements and photos. Pippen was very interested in both the creative and operational aspects of the bronze-casting process. Julie also met with Steve Shanwald, the former executive director of basketball operations for the Chicago Bulls, to ensure that client expectations were addressed.
Next, Julie used the photos of Pippen to create several design options to inform the decision on what type of pose was appropriate for the bronze casting. Upon consulting with Pippen and the Chicago Bulls, a gestural pose was chosen over an action pose.
After a decision was made on the pose, Julie selected high-quality silicon bronze and patina with pigment materials for the bronze casting. In total, the entire process took Julie nine months to create the bronze casting of Scottie Pippen’s likeness.
Unveiling the Bronze Casting:
On April 7, 2011, The Chicago Bulls unveiled the bronze casting in a half-time ceremony, in which Scottie Pippen and his family were in attendance. Julie and her family were also in attendance to celebrate the NBA career of Scottie Pippen.
“It was a very beautiful ceremony,” says Julie Amrany. “The fans were cheering for Scottie and you could see that he and his family really loved the piece.”
The Chicago Bulls and Scottie Pippen expressed great satisfaction with the bronze casting to Julie and various local and national press outlets.
Today, the Pippen bronze casting sits alongside a bust of Johnny “Red” Kerr, a former Chicago Bulls coach and broadcaster, outside the entrance to the United Center in Chicago, IL.
To learn more about commission opportunities with The Fine Art Studio of Rotblatt-Amrany, please contact 847-432-9925 or firstname.lastname@example.org.