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Archive for August, 2018

Fred Rogers fine art painting by Pittsburgh artist, Charles Ott.

Featured here is a colorful painting I created as an everlasting tribute to Fred Rogers and one of Pittsburgh’s enduring treasures. Mr. Rogers as many know created Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood right here in my hometown of Pittsburgh which was launched from the WQED studios fifty years ago. The U.S. Postal Service released a forever stamp earlier this year honoring the television icon who would have turned ninety years-old. His legacy and the lessons he left us will continue to capture the hearts and imaginations of children in Pittsburgh and around the world for generations to come.

Legendary Hollywood actor and filmmaker, Tom Hanks will begin shooting his upcoming feature film as Fred Rogers in Pittsburgh this Fall which is called “You Are My Friend”. The film will be released by Sony Pictures on October 18, 2019.

It was ten years ago that I launched Steel City Artist Illustrations which features many of my Pittsburgh-themed pen & ink illustrations and fine art paintings. I have been been very blessed with the artistic abilities given to me and humbled by the thousands of people who have brought my fine art into their homes and businesses over the past decade. I have met so many great people and have been fortunate to be involved with many memorable events through my artwork. I look forward to the next ten years and beyond and to continuing to share the history and wonder of our beautiful city with fellow Pittsburghers and the world.

Steel City Artist Illustrations – Pittsburgh Art

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Roberto Clemente fine art painting by Pittsburgh artist, Charles Ott.

Featured here is my popular painting of the “Great One”, Roberto Clemente as we honor and remember him on his birthday today. His legacy and the lives that he touched will live on forever in Pittsburgh and around the world.

Roberto Clemente was a Puerto-Rican MLB right fielder who played his entire eighteen season career with the Pittsburgh Pirates from 1955-72. Clemente is regarded as one of the greatest baseball players of all-time and he had an illustrious career. He won two World Series championships with the Pirates in 1960 and 1971 and was awarded the World Series MVP in ’71. Clemente was on the NL All-Star team 15x, received 12 Gold Glove Awards, awarded NL MVP in 1966 and became a member of the 3,000th hit club in his last game. Clemente was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame posthumously in 1973 becoming the first Latin American selected and the only Hall of Fame member whose mandatory five-year waiting period has been waived. In 1973, his #21 was honorably retired by the Pittsburgh Pirates and he was awarded the Congressional Gold Medal and the Presidential Citizens Medal. To this day, he is loved and admired by many in Latin America and Pittsburgh for who he was as a baseball player and as a humanitarian.

Click the link below to the Sports Art section of my fine art website to purchase this signed and numbered limited edition painting of Roberto Clemente.

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Isaly's fine art painting by Pittsburgh artist, Charles Ott.

Featured here is a new painting I created over the summer of another favorite storied landmark of Pittsburgh. For many generations of Pittsburghers few places evoked many wonderful and unforgettable memories quite like Isaly’s.

The people of Pittsburgh held Isaly’s in high regard and every neighborhood seemed to have one. The chain of family-owned dairies and restaurants started in Mansfield, Ohio and would eventually stretch from Pennsylvania to Iowa. Isaly’s was and still is known for its iconic BBQ chipped chopped ham which is sliced razor thin and is a favorite lunchtime meal. They were also known for creating the famous Klondike Bar ice cream treat and their towering Skyscraper Cones which were loved by children of all ages. The company employed a fun friendly atmosphere with its nostalgic high styled art deco interiors complete with comfortable sit-down booths, classic checkered green and white ceramic flooring and silver polished stools. For many of us who grew up in Pittsburgh, Isaly’s transported us to simpler and treasured times.

Click the link below to the Pittsburgh Art section of my fine art website to purchase this print which has come to be loved by Pittsburghers.

Steel City Artist Illustrations – Pittsburgh Art

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