For The Serious Art Collector
Loyal H. Chapman Infamous 18 Golf Holes
The Infamous 18 Golf Holes were painted by Loyal H. (Bud) Chapman in the late 70's and early 80's and then were published quarterly in Golf Digest magazine during that same period. They quickly became the most famous golf paintings in the world, and many thousands of lithograph prints of the images were sold into the early 2000's and were seen in movies (Caddyshack) and used in commercials (Lee Trevino and Cadillac), but the world did not understand until golf course design changed after the 80's how they played a major role in those changes. Pete Dye, world famous golf course designer and one of only 6 designers voted into the WGHOF (World Golf Hole of Fame) explained this role when asked about Bud's paintings: "Bud's innovative thinking certainly influenced many designers to make the contours a little steeper and the bunkers a little deeper and generally to think outside the box with new designs, and, in that way Bud made a great contribution to the game of golf."
As a long time friend of Bud and his family, I became his exclusive agent for both the giclee prints, which we started to produce, and the sale of the original paintings. Our original plan was to produce 5000 signed sets of high quality giclees- printed on archival paper with archival ink. This plan ended with Bud's death, at 97 years of age, 2 months ago. We, however, do have some limited edition signed sets of giclees, including an Artist's Proof set of 10, that is the same size as the original paintings- 33 1/2 X 26". This is the only set that also has a Remarque on each print (which was pencil drawn by Bud when signing these prints). Of this Artist Proof 10 set edition, set #1 is in the collection of the World Golf Hall of Fame.