The Underground Art Battle Scene Is More than Just Speed Painting

Easel sports are the new e-sports.
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With video gamers now having large enough audience, participant, and financial numbers to quash any debate about the legitimacy of e-sports, other non-athletic pursuits have started following suit, attempting to turn their own once solitary and sedentary activities into crowd-pleasing kinetic spectacles.

"Trap Art" Terry at his easelThe paintings of the four finalists. From left to right: Joseph Lee, Ginger Jarvis, Suzie Cortez, and Shevah VahdatpourGinger Jarvis with her winning painting