Earlier this month during the Chicago Cubs Opening Day festivities at Wrigley Field, Gary Cieradkowski, who has often been referred to as “Baseball’s Van Gogh”, revealed a new round of portraits. The 15 new five-foot-tall illustrations of Cubs legends will be a permanent exhibition in Chicago’s North Side ballpark.
The artwork will be installed beneath Wrigley Field’s famous center-field scoreboard in the bleacher section, as part of the ballpark’s multi-year renovation project. Player portraits include Greg Maddux, Ron Santo, and Mr. Cub, Ernie Banks.
Cieradkowski worked closely with the Cubs to ensure accurate details, including looking at old photographs and artifacts used by the players.
The Northern Kentucky artist has also created work for Oriole Park at Camden Yards, and he has published a book, The League of Outsider Baseball.