DENVER (CBS4) – Artwork and sports. They’re two things that aren’t normally associated with each other. But Gabe Richesson is known as an artist for athletes, and he shares his craft with the Denver Broncos.
Richesson’s pieces hang in the weight room to help balance the life of intensity with beauty.
“I want it to look gritty and beautiful at the same time,” said Richesson.
Richesson has created masterpieces for Peyton Manning and Brock Lesnar.
He told CBS4 he credits his unique edge to spending time with the athletes.
“There’s not a lot of artists that I’ve met that even play any sports, let alone football,” said Richesson.
Richesson played football in college, but stopped to focus on art.
That’s when his brother, Luke, brought him back into the circle of sports. Luke Richesson is the strength and conditioning coach for the Denver Broncos.
It started when Luke mentioned Gabe’s work to Washington Redskins safety DeAngelo Hall.
“He said ‘Have him paint me something,’ and so I did a small painting for DeAngelo and he ordered three more. I literally have not stopped since,” Richesson said.
Richesson design the Iron Sharpens Iron logo that hangs at Broncos headquarters, along with a large cityscape that hangs in the weight room.
His most recent project named “Aptitude for Destruction” features past and present Broncos players.
Each painting depicts what motivates…
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