Jason Kelce Unknowingly Imitates Art at Playoff Game


Jason Kelce at the Bills-Chiefs playoff game or the "Feast of Bacchus"?
Image via X.
Jason Kelce imitated art at the Bills-Chiefs playoff game.

Jason Kelce imitated art, and he didn’t even know it.

LJ Rader is known for pairing photographs from the sports world with paintings and other pieces of art that mirror them.

His irreverent and poignant Art But Make It Sports series is popular on X and Instagram, with 365,000 followers, writes Scott Cacciola for The New York Times.

The NFL wanted Rader’s take on the antics of Jason Kelce at the playoff game between the Buffalo Bills and the Kansas City Chiefs.

Eagle center Kelce was screaming and shirtless, clutching a can of beer, leaning out of the stadium luxury box in freezing weather to celebrate his brother Travis’ touchdown for the Chiefs.

Rader gave the image some thought. 

“It’s the fact that he’s not wearing a shirt,” Rader said. “If I were to find a similar scene, but the person has their clothes on, it’s not going to hit.”

That’s when he thought about “The Feast of Bacchus” by 17th-century Dutch painter Philips Kornick. The painting depicts the Greek God of wine and revelry, half-naked in a state of bliss.

“Nailed it,” the NFL wrote to Rader when the post appeared. It has since received more than 95,000 likes on X.

Find out more about how Jason Kelce imitated art and Rader’s ability to match art and sports in The New York Times.

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