Green Bay art gallery launches with collection of Favre commissions

GREEN BAY – If you are opening a fine art gallery in Green Bay, what better way to start than with a show connected to Brett Favre?

Dg Clearing opened his namesake “Dg Clearing, a fine art gallery”at 1270 Main St. on Tuesday with 23 paintings that were commissioned by the Pro Football Hall of Fame and former Green Bay Packers quarterback. 

Clearing acquired the paintings, including a series commemorating Favre’s (at the time) NFL record 421 touchdown passes, through a third-party seller. The series consists of portraits of the receivers who caught each 50th pass, such as Robert Brooks at 50, Edgar Bennett at 100, Antonio Freeman at 150 and so on. The pieces are 48 inches by 36 inches.

“It’s a nice wall,” Clearing said of the 421 series.

The artist was painter James Hartel. He’s done commissions for the likes of Ariana Grande, Reggie White, Fleetwood Mac and others.

“I think for sports fans and for art fans, James Hartel is a pretty well-known portrait artist. The Racine Art Museum just did a purchase of one of his pieces,” Clearing said.

The paintings were displayed in the private dining room at the now-gone Brett Favre’s Steakhouse near Lambeau Field. 

Robert G. Mull

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