Texas Western, NCAA Basketball, 1966 by Henry Kaye

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Artist Statement

"This illustration focuses on the 1966 NCAA Basketball Championship. That was the first year in NCAA history to feature an all black starting line-up. I started focusing on a number of incidents that reportedly took place in the game and in the stands that day. Fans were waving confederate flags, chanting horrible obscenities and to put it mildly, being despicable human beings. It became clear how much imagery was available to juxtapose against each other. There was the division of teams, the division of crowd, all while the traditional singing of the national anthem and standing together under the American flag was taking place. To think about a time where black athletes were not allowed to compete in US athletics, is as absurd as the ignorance and lack of acceptance that exists in sports today." - Henry Kaye

Henry Kaye is a Mets fan, Illustrator and Graphic Designer. After graduating high school in 2008 he attended Pratt Institute for a short while, but then took a leave of absence to sign a record deal with his band Static Jacks. He made albums and toured the world for five years, handling all of the album artwork, shirt designs, and posters along the way. Since then, Henry has been steadily illustrating and designing for such clients as Bleacher Report, Time Out New York, CBS Sports and Nickelodeon.

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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.