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Brockton, Massachusetts native and former Middleweight Boxing Champion Marvelous Marvin Hagler has always been one of William Ross Searle's favorite pugilists. He was pleased, then, when he was commissioned to paint a portrait of this illustrious boxer by a collector friend.

Marvin Hagler
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Marvin Hagler

Acrylic on Canvas 24" x 18"
Private Collection

Tommie Smith was a 1968 Olympic Gold Medalist in the 200 meter dash. While on the winners stand to receive his medal, as the national anthem was being played, he raised his fist in silent protest against racism, and in support of human rights. The middle image of Tommie reflects his achievement, at that moment. His shadow image, on the left, reflects the colors and textures of chaos, burning, looting, poverty and the degradation of human character along racial lines, that existed in too much of America at the time. The purple image on the right suggests the flailing about between races in trying to establish reasonable discussion, talking points, and new understanding of who we were and who we had the God given right to become.


The four athletes pictured below were all former students of William Ross Searle at Thayer Academy in Braintree, Mass. Roenick and Amonte played hockey together while at Thayer Academy and also went on to play together in the National Hockey League. Orpik and Whitney did the same, playing together at Thayer and then together in the National Hockey League. Though Searle has taught other students who went on to play professionally, it is the unique association these four athletes had that inspired him to do these portraits.

Jeremy Roenick - 1991
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Jeremy Roenick - 1991

Acrylic on Canvas 36" x 30"
Collection, The Sports Museum, Boston

Tony Amonte - 1991
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Tony Amonte - 1991

Acrylic on Canvas 36" x 30"
Collection, The Sports Museum, Boston

Brooks Orpik - 2008
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Brooks Orpik - 2008

Acrylic on Canvas 36" x 30"
Collection, The Sports Museum, Boston

Ryan Whitney - 2008
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Ryan Whitney - 2008

Acrylic on Canvas 36" x 30"
Collection, The Sports Museum, Boston

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