Althea Gibson and Arthur Ashe, Tennis Pioneers by Alexis Lampley

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Artist Statement

"I was honored to be asked to be one of the 20 commissioned artists for this project. I\'ve been an athlete all my life, so I could easily get in the mindset of creating a sports-related poster. As a female golfer, I was drawn to the story behind Althea Gibson, who broke barriers in tennis as well as golf, and whose barrier-breaking actions paved the way not just for people of color, but for women AND men. It was because of Althea Gibson that Arthur Ashe could accomplish what he did. The concept came easy to me from this history. These two greats brought color to the tennis world. Simple as that. Whatever I did, I wanted to showcase that. Using the most significant years of their accomplishments, I set up a contrast between the black and white iconic images and the full color versions, which were overlayed only within the font. Essentially, bringing color to tennis in those years." - Alexis Lampley

Alexis is a Mississippi-based graphic designer and hand-letterer. She’s also a lover of books.

About Transcend

Transcend is a collection of designs depicting the men and women, movements, and moments which transcend any one team or sport or era and hold power and meaning far beyond any scoreboard. Proceeds support Boys & Girls Clubs, promoting and enhancing the development of boys and girls by instilling a sense of competence, usefulness, belonging and influence.

About our Prints

Each poster is hand-printed and handled, to make sure that only the highest quality is offered and sent out. The matte paper and high quality of inks make for a vibrant image which looks great both framed, and au-naturel. Printed in Los Angeles, CA, on Epson Enhanced Matte Paper, heavyweight stock, high color gamut, using Epson UltraChrome HDR ink-jet technology. Framed posters offer the same, museum-quality printed poster, but wrapped in a protective black frame. The frame is lightweight and includes a shatter-resistant acrylite front protector, so it won't break in the mail. International orders may be subject to customs duties & taxes.