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Cal basketball forward to show off drawings of President Obama

By kbender
Thursday, May 7th, 2009 at 3:54 pm in Uncategorized.

Some may same that UC Berkeley basketball forward Jamal Boykin’s moves on the court are a work of art.

But another true work of art are the 44 portraits he drew of President Barack Obama and his family. It was Boykin’s New Year’s resolution to renew his passion for drawing, which he’s been doing since he was a youngster.

After drawing one picture of  President Obama in an airport on a Cal basketball road trip, he decided to make it his goal to draw 44 pictures of the 44th  president.

It’s his ultimate goal to one day be able to present the drawings to the president. But for now he will show of the color drawings, which also include Michelle Obama and the couple’s children, on Saturday, May 9 from 5:30 to 9 p.m. at the Alphonse Berber Gallery, 2546 Bancroft Way in Berkeley. Boykin plans to speak at 7 p.m. Refreshments will be served. The art includes photography by Cal guard Nican Robinson.

An ABC story on Boykin is here: 
Cal basket guard Patrick Christopher will recite poetry at the event, a fundraiser  for art supplies at Malcolm X Elementary School in Berkeley. Boykin’s drawings will also be shown at galleries in Los Angeles and Washington D.C. in the future.
Boykin is a 6-7, 230-pound forward who was the California state player of the year as a high school senior. He transferred to UC Berkeley from Duke University in 2007.

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