Through Henry's Eyes
2011 Oil on canvas, wood, stained glass, photographs and found objects 41 x 72 Available for purchase. Please contact the artist.
This large-scale portrait of Henry â€śHankâ€ť Aaron depicts him a few years past mid-career after Milwaukeeâ€™s move to Atlanta. Based on an otherwise insignificant press photo, the painting shows Aaron warming up before the 1969 All-Star game. The image is cropped such that his quiet, contemplative expression and relaxed stance is augmented by what looks like an empty field but a full grandstand blurred in the background. At this point, Aaron has quietly established himself as one of Major League Baseballâ€™s all-time greats. If he stays healthy he will be closing in on Babe Ruthâ€™s home run record in just a few more seasons.
Buried in the crowd are four spyglasses. One is clearly highlighted by a shield directly in front of Aaronâ€™s gaze. The â€śpeepholesâ€ť afford views of photographs depicting defining moments in American history, one of them being Aaronâ€™s home run number 715 which broke Ruthâ€™s record. These photos follow the trajectory of Aaronâ€™s long and distinguished career from the mid 1950â€™s to the mid 1970â€™s in a chronology of past and future, placed behind and in front of him, respectively. They invite the viewer to move close to the work, to look in, and to contemplate, perhaps as Aaron did, these events which undoubtedly shaped his career as they did our country.