OWN A PIECE OF KNICKS ART HISTORY! VERY LIMITED NUMBER OF AUTOGRAPHED FINE ART PRINTS OF COMMEMORATIVE WALT “CLYDE” FRAZIER PAINTING NOW AVAILABLE ON HANDBID.COM AND CHARITYBUZZ.COM
OWN A PIECE OF KNICKS ART HISTORY!
VERY LIMITED NUMBER OF AUTOGRAPHED FINE ART PRINTS OF COMMEMORATIVE WALT “CLYDE” FRAZIER PAINTING NOW AVAILABLE ON HANDBID.COM AND CHARITYBUZZ.COM
All Proceeds Benefit The Garden of Dreams Foundation and the Walt Frazier Youth Foundation
110 Fine Art Replica Prints – Signed by “Clyde” and the Artist Are Now Available for Fans to Purchase – 105 for $1,000 Per Print – And another Five on Charitybuzz.com
Chris’- the Artist Known as “Poor Rupert”- Painted Beautiful Portrait of the Basketball Legend Titled “TWICE IS NICE” – Was Presented to “Clyde” at Knicks/Hornets Game on October 26th
New York, NY (November 11, 2022) – This September, basketball legend and style icon Walt “Clyde” Frazier became the first person to be honored as both a player and a broadcaster by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. To honor this remarkable achievement, the New York Knicks and MSG Networks presented “Clyde” with a one-of-a-kind painting by Chris, the renowned artist known as “Poor Rupert.” The painting shows off Clyde’s incredible charisma, sartorial splendor, and his ‘stylin’ and profilin’ personality.
Fans will now have the opportunity to celebrate Frazier’s incredible achievement by purchasing a very limited edition 24” by 36” fine art replica print of the original painting, all signed by “Clyde” and the artist. 110 fine art replica prints of the beautiful painting, named “Twice is Nice,” are now available for fans to purchase both on Handbid.com and Charitybuzz.com.
105 prints will be sold on handbid.com (handbid.app.link/clyde-painting) for $1000 each, and five selected numbers will be auctioned off on Charitybuzz (Charitybuzz.com/clydepainting). Each of the 110 numbered prints available for public sale (Frazier’s #10 hangs from The Garden’s rafters).
In addition – Charitybuzz will auction off 5 special edition prints – the numbers 1, 10, 50, 70 and 73 – the 10 representing his number that hangs in The Garden rafters, 50 in honor of Frazier being named one of the 50 Greatest NBA Players of all time; and 70 and 73 for the years the Knicks won their two championships (1970 and 1973). Fans can visit charitybuzz.com/clydepainting to bid on these special fine art replica prints that have been specially signed by “Clyde” and “Poor Rupert.”
All money raised from the sale of the paintings will be split between Madison Square Garden’s Garden of Dreams Foundation and the Walt Frazier Youth Foundation.
The Garden of Dreams Foundation is a non-profit charity dedicated to bringing life-changing opportunities to young people in need. In partnership with MSG Entertainment and MSG Sports – including the Knicks, Rangers, Rockettes, Westchester Knicks, famed showplaces, TAO Group Hospitality, and MSG Networks – the Garden of Dreams brings young people together to raise their spirits, build resilience, and provide networking and educational opportunities through MSG’s power of community building.
All of the Foundation’s activities are driven by four guiding principles – Education, Inspiration, Grants, and Moments of Joy – and target young people facing illness or financial challenges, as well as children of uniformed personnel who have been lost or injured while serving our communities. Since its inception in 2006, the Garden of Dreams Foundation has impacted more than 400,000 young people and their families.
The Walt Frazier Youth Foundation was created in 1996 to help those who want to help themselves by providing financial assistance, teamwork and a tenacious work ethic, donating money raised to foundations and groups that aspire to “Clyde’s” ideals.
The original painting that was presented to “Clyde” is a four-foot by five-foot acrylic and spray paint work on a birch wood panel, was created by Knicks fan Chris, the artist known as “Poor Rupert.” Chris is a fine art painter, muralist and graffiti artist – his work can be seen across Long Island and throughout the five boroughs of New York. Chris’ inspirations are hip hop culture, graffiti, pop culture, retro cartoons and anime – his work utilizes vibrant colors and mood, motion and energy and complex compositions to join traditional imagery with futuristic visions.
“I created this piece to celebrate ‘Clyde’s’ second Hall of Fame honor and it’s an ode to his bold style and charisma,” said Chris. “I am so honored that I’m able to be a small part of this unbelievable journey that ‘Clyde’ has made.”
Frazier was first inducted into the Hall of Fame as a player in 1987 after a storied career that included two world championships with the Knicks, and perhaps the greatest NBA Finals Game 7 ever played – 36 points, 19 assists, 7 rebounds and 4 steals against the Los Angeles Lakers in the 1970 NBA Finals.
After his legendary playing career, Frazier took to broadcasting, perfecting the craft and using creative wordplay, rhymes and expert analysis on his way to being recognized as one of the great television analysts in the history of basketball, earning the Hall of Fame’s prestigious Curt Gowdy Award for excellence in broadcasting this fall.
Frazier joined MSG Networks in 1987, first in radio, and then began his career on television for MSG Networks in 1992, earning critical accolades along the way, including three New York Emmy Awards.
About MSG Networks
MSG Networks, a pioneer in sports media, owns and operates two award-winning regional sports and entertainment networks and a companion streaming service that serve the nation’s number one media market, the New York DMA, as well as other portions of New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Pennsylvania. The networks feature a wide range of compelling sports content, including exclusive live local games and other programming of the New York Knicks, New York Rangers, New York Islanders, New Jersey Devils and Buffalo Sabres, as well as significant coverage of the New York Giants and Buffalo Bills. This content, in addition to a diverse array of other sporting events and critically acclaimed original programming, has established MSG Networks as the gold standard in regional sports. MSG Networks is a subsidiary of Madison Square Garden Entertainment Corp.
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