Join us on Friday 9th March to celebrate the opening of Harley Oliver's latest exhibition - Hitters, Grapplers and Strongmen.
For his third solo exhibition, artist Harley Oliver has delved into
this largely unexplored world to profile the characters who carved a living from pushing their body to its limits.
There's a story in each of these portraits of fighters, underdogs and champions.
Pictured Joe Gans 1874-1910
Joe Gans was a ghter of great talent, born at a time when talent meant nothing if you were black. He started fighting when he was around seventeen and was often under instructions from crooked promoters. His manager, a crook called Herford, had him under a contract that was described as ‘making him practically a slave’.He fought many more bouts than just about anyone else but had the reputation of being ‘directed’. In 1902, in his 11th year as a pro, Joe Gans won the world lightweight title. He was respected for his talent if not for his performances.