Area Artist Crafts Realism from Roller Derby

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Lakeshore Staff

July 8, 2014 — One local artist says the rough, pad-wearing sport of roller derby can be a canvas for creating graceful artwork.

Kevin Hanusin has been a practicing artist for over 30 years. Now the Columbia College former student will present an exhibit in Crown Point, Ind. starting this month, a statement from South Shore Arts says.

In 2012, Kevin was introduced to the sport of roller derby when his wife began skating for South Shore Roller Girls. Inspired in part by derby skaters and by pinup art and illustration, the subject was rich with possibilities for Kevin. “It combines the beauty of the human figure with action, color, and a degree of showmanship,” he says. “In it you find aspects of athleticism, raw power, and grace.”

Based on photos taken during roller derby games and practices, his watercolor and acrylic paintings illustrate not only the players but also the emotion and energy behind the scenes and during the competitive sport. His interests and influences range from Renaissance and 19th Century Realism to 20th Century pinup art.

“Most of the skaters are from South Shore Roller Girls, with the notable exception of Jackie Daniels, an international-level skater who gave her permission to use her likeness in one of the paintings,” he says.

Hanusin stays involved in roller derby as a volunteer for South Shore Roller Girls, and also as anon-skating official (NSO) during games.

Hanusin has exhibited locally and regionally, has had multiple solo exhibits including Purdue University Calumet and South Shore Arts in Munster, and was the recipient of the Best of Show Award at the Chesterton Women’s Club Exhibit.

He has been teaching at South Shore Arts locations for the past 15 years in addition to teaching from his home studio and offering local location workshops.

South Shore Arts presents Roller Derby: Works by Kevin Hanusin will debut at the Crown Point branch of South Shore Arts located at 123 N. Main Street in Crown Point from July 25 through September 13, 2014.


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