Matthew Rose, an American artist based in Paris, tells us a little about baseball, its affect on his childhood and the artwork he produces.

The Autumn Classic is the culmination of America’s national pastime – The World Series takes place every October and brings together the best players on the best teams from across the United States and Canada.  The bat and ball game can seem a bit silly.  A man dressed in a colorful uniform with a team name sewn into his shirt – names after birds (Cardinals), thieves (Pirates), fairy tales creatures (Giants) and even heavenly creatures (Angels)– with each team representing a city from Seattle to Miami and those in between: Kansas City, Atlanta, Cincinnati among others. 

The World Series is a best-of-seven game contest of inches played out over what could be hours of not very much happening.  But when it does, watch out.

As a boy growing up in New York, I played baseball every day.  With my friends Mark and Geoff and Kenny and the girls Beth and Lori and Jamie, we’d mimic the big leagues self-hitting the ball across streets and yards while members of the other team would chase the ball down (sometimes in hedges, under cars or even fighting dogs for it!).  Meanwhile we would speed around the bases – squares drawn on the asphalt.  It was a childhood love affair that continues today.
 
In 2008 I produced a collage work that combined a baseball player in full flight, rounding third base on his way home; however he takes a glance back to see a half-naked woman – his second wife Helene Fourment, wearing nothing but a swath of fur.  The work was an instant hit and sold to a collector in Atlanta.  Some months later, Chicago-based artist-stamp genius Michael Hernandez de Luna, wrote me about a contest on the theme of baseball for the Philatelic Museum of Oaxaca, Mexico: Send them a stamp sheet.  I quickly turned Rubens Rounding Third into a stamp sheet and produced a signed and limited edition of the the work.  The piece was awarded first prize ($5000) in their world wide competition for 'Baseball Philately + The Art Inspired by Philately'. 

Rubens Rounding Third is already a hit with baseball fans across the US and even in the cricket-crazy UK. The stamp sheet is printed on gummed and perforated paper; each is signed and numbered (limited edition of 1000).  

Rubens Rounding Third is an unusual art work celebrating a great game in a titillating fashion. A perfect gift for your baseball mad friends or relatives in America and beyond. 

To take a look at the print and Matthew's other work in more detail just click here.