The Canadian Sport Heroes Collection is a series of large-scale acrylic portraits by Alberta artist Gordon Milne celebrating the achievements of remarkable Canadian Olympians. Currently comprised of 15 portraits, the Collection began in 2002 and was unveiled during the 2010 Vancouver Olympic Games. The Collection can be seen in Canada's Sports Hall of Fame.
This ongoing collection of portraits has been achieved with the generous support of the Canadian Sport Centre Calgary, ARC Energy Trust, BMO Financial and Alberta Culture and will ensure a lasting tribute to our Canadian sport heroes.
The artist welcomes new corporations or individuals who are passionate about our Olympic legacy and who would like to become involved in expanding this remarkable Art Collection. To inquire about sponsorship please contact
Sport Heroes featured to date:
Sport Legacy Collection
The Sport Legacy Collection has been commissioned by the Canadian Sport Centre Calgary as a visual tribute to Olympic Sport and to honour the athletes that take part in the Games.
About the Artist
A Canadian artist, Gordon Milne was born in Hamilton, Ontario in 1953. He attended McMaster University where he studied printmaking and sculpture.
Early in his career Milne worked as a printmaker - producing original etchings, woodcuts, linocuts and mixed media drawings. In 1982, at the start of a promising career, a gallery flood ravaged most of Gordon's artwork, leaving little to show from the '70s. Although difficult at the time, it proved to be the event that altered Milne's focus from printmaking to painting - specifically portraiture.
For over a decade Gordon has devoted his attention to the Canadian Sport Heroes Collection - a series of large scale portraits celebrating the achievements of remarkable Canadian Olympians.
The Sport Legacy Collection, a visual tribute to Olympic sport, is a series of six smaller paintings which was commissioned byt the Canadian Sport Centre Calgary. The Sport Legacy Collection can be seen hanging in the Calgary International Airport.
Gordon has also enjoyed a long-term relationship with the Alberta Ballet where he regularly attends classes to draw this group of dedicated dancers. Milne has completed major portraits of several renowned Canadian dancers which mark the inception of a new collection of work called Art & Dance.
Gordon has also completed a number of private commissions.
For information on how to purchase prints or giclées of the Sport Heroes or Sport Legacy Collections please visit www.fidelisartprints.com