Before Babe Ruth played himself in "Pride of the Yankees," he appeared in this Harold Lloyd silent film comedy "Speedy." The Yankee slugger would not qualify as an candidate in a informal LAT reader survey seeking accomplished athletes who became an acclaimed artist.
In a posting about USC's sixth annual “Artletics” exhibition, LAT's Culture Monster asked an interesting question: Has an accomplished team or solo athlete gone on to be a "reasonably acclaimed" artist? The preference is that the fame extends beyond the field of rap music (which hopefully includes the 1985 Chicago Bears' Grammy-nominated "Super Bowl Shuffle") or acting in bit parts.
The hope is the visual arts are not shut out from a large field of jocks turned hip-hop singers or actors.
You do have to consider that an emerging painter may be hiding the sports medals while trying to establish crediblity as an artist. One may have to go way back.