"Richard Sullivan's baseball themed watercolors echo our cherished yet gossamer memories of players and moments from baseball's past."
- Tom Shieber, National Baseball Hall of Fame Museum Senior Curator
Richard Sullivan is an artist and a former professional baseball player. Born and raised in Louisville, KY, he studied at the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) where he received a BFA in Illustration. He had the opportunity to play baseball at SCAD and to continue his interest in art and illustration. In 2008, Richard was drafted by the Atlanta Braves in the 11th round to play professional baseball. During this time he developed his love of watercolor and sports illustration. When he is not painting sports figures, you can find him outside drawing and painting from life.
His work has been accepted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame’s permanent collection. Over a dozen Major League Baseball players including Tom Glavine have started collecting his work. In 2015, the Louisville Slugger Museum exhibited his painting of Craig Biggio for a special exhibit honoring Craig's induction into the National Baseball Hall of Fame. His painting of Nolan Ryan was accepted into the 47th annual Watercolor West International exhibition and the Northstar Watermedia Exhibition. His work was recently featured by Forbes. His painting of Bryce Harper was on the cover of the Washington Post Sports section. The Washington Nationals bought the original painting to auction off at their Dream Gala in 2016. The painting raised over $18,000 for charity.
In 2017 the Atlanta Braves commissioned Richard to paint 16 original watercolor paintings and create 20 prints for their new stadium SunTrust Park. He created five paintings of each World Series win in the Braves history and one stand alone celebration painting for the 1995 World Series win. The paintings line the corridors where World Series memorabilia will be displayed, the prints decorate the suites, and fans will be able to view the work through glass.
His work has been featured nationally on MiLB.com and numerous magazines including The AJC, Kentucky Monthly, The Courier Journal, Louisville Magazine and the Louisville Voice.
Clients Include: Atlanta Braves, Atlanta Falcons, Coca Cola, US Cellular, USO, Mullen Lowe, The Kentucky Derby Museum, The Washington Post, Tom Glavine, Andrelton Simmons, Brian McCann, Atlanta Braves All Star Grill, South Magazine