When the best golfers from Europe and the United States tee off starting today at the 2012 Ryder Cup, Frankfort artist Steve Lotus will be there at Medinah Country Club.
Lotus, who is a part-time dentist with an office in Frankfort under his real name of Dr. Steven Lotysz, is the official artist for the tournament and painted the official poster for this year’s Ryder Cup featuring the Medinah Clubhouse as well as two lithographs of the No. 3 course’s notoriously difficult 13th and 16th holes.
He has been at Medinah all week to sign and personalize copies of his poster and lithographs.
Lotus has become quite well known in art and sports circles for his golf artwork. He served as co-artist with noted sports artist Leroy Nieman for the 2008 Ryder Cup at Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville, Kentucky.
Lotus has been the official painter for the past five major golf championships held in the Chicago area, including the 1999 and 2006 PGA Championships at Medinah, both won by Tiger Woods. He also was at the Olympia Fields Country Club for the 1997 U.S. Senior Open, won by Graham Marsh, and 2003 U.S. Open, won by Jim Furyk.
He has painted at more than 24 major golf tournaments around the country over the past 15 years, and also paints landscapes and Chicago scenes under his real name.
His artworks always feature a faith-based symbol adjacent to his name.
The original paintings of this year’s Ryder Cup were recently displayed at the Union League Club’s guest artist gallery in Chicago.
The Ryder Cup will be aired on ESPN starting at 8 a.m. today before switching to NBC on Saturday and Sunday.