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Larry Klu’s Pro-Sports Arts

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It’s not uncommon to visit a home in Pittsburgh and see sports memorabilia of some sort on display—an autographed Penguins jersey, a Terrible Towel or even a framed photo of a historical moment like Maz’ 1960 World Series homerun or Santonio Holmes’ Superbowl XLIII catch. If you’re one of those Pittsburghers who are always looking for something unique to add to your home’s shrine to the Black ‘n Gold, you’ll probably be interested in the work of Larry “Klu” Klukaszewski.

For the last three years, Larry Klukaszewski has been creating one of a kind works of art by painting the likenesses of some of Pittsburgh’s most beloved sports heroes on pieces of memorabilia such as footballs, helmets, baseballs and hockey sticks. He’s even painted on the sacred Terrible Towel!

School teacher by day and self-taught artist by night, Klu has received accolades from and meetings with some of Pittsburgh’s biggest sports figures. His first attempt at his unique style of art was painting Willie Parker’s likeness on a football which upon seeing it, Fast Willie wrote a personal note to Klu complimenting his work. In a few short years, interest in Klu’s work reached to the highest level of Pittsburgh sports royalty culminating in a personal meeting with Dan Rooney, an event that Klu describes as one of the proudest moments of his life.

Klu presenting Hines Ward with an original piece at the Hines Ward Show

In 2008, Klu appeared on the Hines Ward Show and presented the former Super Bowl MVP with a hand painted Steelers helmet. From this appearance, Klu met James Farrior which has led to Klu regularly contributing his work to help raise money for Farrior’s foundation. In 2009, Klu was featured in one of WQED’s “On Q” segments. (You can watch it here.) .  Later in 2009, Klu became the official artist of the largest Steelers fan club in the world, The Steel City Mafia, and was named an “honorary boss” as a thank you for the many artistic donations he has made on their behalf for charitable purposes.

One of Klu's proudest moments, meeting Mr. Rooney

This past summer, Klu received his highest honor to date from one of the largest sports museums in the country, the National Art Museum of Sport in Indianapolis, the host city of this season’s Super Bowl. Klu is one of only 25 artists in the United States invited to submit a piece to this year’s Football Invitational display which will run through February 2012 for which Klu is submitting an original painting of Terry Bradshaw.

In a short period of time, Larry “Klu” Klukaszewski has exhibited MVP talent and enjoyed success comparable to that of the sports legends that he captures with paint and brush. And his commitment to sharing his talent for charitable purposes is as admirable as anything he paints on a football jersey or hockey stick. Klu’s talent is a uniquely Pittsburgh thing.

Keep up to date with Klu’s works and accomplishments at larryklu.com.

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