The greatest champions are immortalized in paintings, whereas lesser champions must settle for photographs, newspaper headlines, and the names of submarine sandwiches. Take in a truly timeless hero with today's Groupon: for $139, you get a signed, limited-edition Milan Lucic print by artist Glen Green, with shipping from GreatSportsArt.com (a $290 value). The print is shipped to any U.S. location within 72 hours of purchase.
Glen Green, the artistic force behind GreatSportsArt.com, renders international athletes such as the Bruins' Milan Lucic in sprawling action tableaus and moody portraits that translate into bold prints. Signed by the athlete, the 23.5"x17" print captures Lucic in full Bruins uniform speeding across the ice to destroy rival grendels beyond the print's borders. Milan's determined gaze peers out from a loose-wash background of oranges, greens, and blues, also emblazoned with a soft image of the logo of the Vancouver Giants, who sponsored his first strides toward glory.
Each print, numbered 1–417, arrives bearing a letter of authenticity to convince admiring onlookers of its origins and to instill rogue hockey pucks with confirmation that Lucic is as real as they. Artist Glen Green boasts past commissions for the Vancouver Canucks as well as the Royal Canadian Mint, for which he designed 12 Olympic circulation coins in honor of the 2010 Winter Games.
Since he was a young boy, Glen Green has found himself drawn to two passions—art and sports. In sports, he was particularly fond of hockey, football, basketball, golf, and boxing; in the world of art, the call of watercolor painting was one he couldn't resist. When his art became his career, his two passions became one, as he began creating realistic, action-packed paintings of such athletic greats as Wayne Gretzky and Michael Jordan. He now offers prints of his creations, giving shoppers at GreatSportsArt.com the option to adorn their walls with either original paintings or limited-edition copies. Some of the shop's offerings come bearing the autograph of the athlete they portray, along with a letter of authenticity that proves to neighbors that the piece wasn't part of the recent rash of celebrity break-ins to sign everything in sight.