Title: Havertown native is poster child of U.S. Open
Description: HAVERFORD - When he sits down with his watercolors, Lee Wybranski does not set out to make his subjects appear older than they are. “A lot of people call my work vintage or retro but I don’t really think of it that way,” said the 44-year-old Havertown native. “One of my tag phrases with all the work I do is that I try to make it unclear whether it was done five years or 75 years ago.” Wybranski has been creating the logo for the U.S. Open since 2004 and the official poster for the U.S. Open since 2008. On Monday and Tuesday, golf fans who stepped into the massive U.S. Open merchandise tent expecting to pick up a hat or a flag instead gravitated toward Wybranski’s kiosk and his $26 poster. “He really captured the course perfectly,” said Mark Bowlen of Wilmington, Del. “I did not come in here planning to buy a poster but this one really stood out.” Standing behind a thick stack of his 24x36-inch posters with a Sharpie in hand, Wybranski said he tries to present the familiar elements of the world’s most storied golf courses in an unfamiliar way. “I don’t want to make golf landscapes,” he said. “I’m not trying to make photo-realistic pictures of the 16th hole. I am trying to create impact. I try to make something simple and bold so you can see it from across the room and it makes you want to stop and look at it.” With a natural white backdrop and one of Merion’s wicker baskets front and center, the 2013 rendering meets that criteria.