Artist Jamie Cooper has a dream. It’s a dream shared by Yankees fans worldwide. What if, for one brief shining moment, the greatest Bronx Bombers in history could gather together—each in the ultimate prime of their careers—to swap stories, talk shop, pal around and have a ball…and what if WE were lucky enough to be flies on the clubhouse wall bearing witness to it all.
Let’s set the dream scene: Imagine yourself striding through the turnstile at old Yankee Stadium and then gliding down to the sacred inner sanctum. There, in a hazy smoke-filled corner, you glimpse a sight that stops you dead in your tracks—Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Joe DiMaggio, Mickey Mantle and Derek Jeter fraternizing like brothers-in-arms. You pick your jaw up off the floor, rub your eyes, pinch yourself, but the dream is real. Why, it’s as real as Ray Kinsella’s magical conjuring of Shoeless Joe and the Black Sox in an Iowa cornfield. Except this is THE YANKEES. In THE HOUSE THAT RUTH BUILT. You watch the Sultan of Swat holding court; the Mick beaming his golden-boy grin; the Pride of the Yankees humbly taking center stage; the Captain basking in the glow; and the Clipper coolly looking on. When your gaze zooms out to absorb the entire dreamscape, you suddenly notice that every single surrounding detail—every object, fabric, word, number, emblem and colour—carries symbolic significance. From the vintage locker styles to the period game equipment, from the trademark accoutrements to the classic product endorsements, all the bases have been covered. Flamboyant Ruth has his H&B bat, cigars, fan letters and sweet-spot-signed balls. Noble Gehrig’s locker door bears embossed imprints of an Iron Horse and “No. 4.” Mercurial DiMaggio is defined by his Chesterfields, a Streak news clip, and a Marilyn pin-up. Valiant Mantle brings Yoo-Hoo, Ballantine Beer and bandage wraps. Happy-go-lucky Jeter sports his Air Jordan wristband. And then of course there’s the fabled Yankee Stadium facade, solemnly standing sentinel over this fantasy five from on high.
Greatest All Stars Dream Scene
This is one man's Dream... come true. A private collector, historian and baseball enthusiast commissioned this 84 x 72 inch canvas as his personal tribute to the game he loves.
It is not a definitive BEST of all time, just HIS favourite players and memories, from a lifetime of following America's national game, here brought to life in one magical moment.
The moment is July 6th 1933. The place is Comiskey Park in Chicago. The site and time of the first ever All Star Game, then known as the "Midsummer Classic."
Distilled into this fictional moment are 25 of the greatest players to have ever graced the field.
These greats are gathered around the dugout at Comiskey Park in 1933. The stadium has been faithfully reproduced as it was back then.
Bottom left: Mantle, Griffey Jnr, Mays and Schmidt gather in the foreground to swap stories.
Babe Ruth hangs with Shoeless Joe Jackson (as the Babe said he based his swing on Joe's - the ultimate compliment). In the dug out (centre) are the heroes of 1941. Joe DiMaggio finally helps Ted Williams take his hat off to the fans!
Honus Wagner smirks stares down Ty Cobb after giving him a fat lip (on behalf of many players from his era). He famously dipped his shoulder as Ty slid into base with spikes up, giving Ty a bloodied lip. In the dugout (at right) Yogi Berra, Stan Musial and Cy Young see the humour in this!
Hank Aaron and Roberto Clemente lend support to a tired looking Jackie Robinson, reassuring him that the burden he carried for so many, and the ground that he broke, is both acknowledged and appreciated.
Sitting on the dugout roof, Sandy Koufax nurses an iced left elbow with Greg Maddux and Christy Mathewson. Two express pitchers, Walter "The Big Train" Johnson and Nolan "the Ryan Express" Ryan shake hands on the dug out roof. Just below them in the background seats are myself and the collector deep in discussion about what lies in front of us.
The quiet achievers and record breakers Lou Gehrig, Derek Jeter and Cal Ripken Jnr, look on at this elite group.
And poor old Pete Rose sits back in the stands disguised as the janitor just to get in on this magical moment.
Famous photographer of the early 1900's Charles Conlan comes down the steps to set up for a formal portrait. He is giving me a cold stare as I have snuck in early to capture the elite group in an informal moment as they await his arrival.
This painting took 3 years to conceive, paint and deliver across the world, from my studio in Melbourne, Australia to it's home in the mountain tops south of San Francisco.
Luke Hodge - Warrior
Liverpool Fc Dream Scene
After 6 months of work, the result is this magnificent 3 metre oil painting depicting a selection of Liverpool FC greats that have helped shape the Club during its 125-year history. Through Cooper’s brush, they have been brought together into one magical moment in time, in the current day dressing rooms at Anfield.
Legends of the club, spanning several generations, live and breathe together swapping stories from across the ages, stories that have become part of club folklore.
This is surely every fan's dream come true!
Phillies Dream Scene
Now hanging in the “Diamond Club” at Citizens Bank Park, this 14 x 4 foot classic oil painting depicts the ultimate moment for Phillies fans. Here is a clubhouse scene featuring the cream of Phillies talent from the past 125 years.A time machine has transported legends from all eras to the clubhouse at Citizens Bank Park in 2009. Here they are brought to life in one moment in time to mingle and compare notes on how the game should be played.
From left to right, standing:
Jimmy Rollins joins in the fun with fellow shortstop Larry Bowa who shows his usual passion and enthusiasm for whatever topic is at hand.From Rollins’ locker pumps his favorite wrap music.
Behind them Lenny Dykstra watches on with a cheek full of tobacco and looking as pumped as ever. Note the brown stain on the carpet at his feet.
Darren Daulton was known to have a lounge chair in the clubhouse to rest his battered body. He is covered in ice packs and bandages. The one on his left hand is due to him on one occasion putting his fist through the wall of the change room in a moment of frustration. What is that alarm clock in is locker all about?
Chase Utley and 2008 World Series MVP Cole Hamels hold up the Holy Grail after the 2008 triumph. Another world series winning pitcher Steve Carlton places a hand of congratulations on Coles’ shoulder and symbolically hands over the baton form one great “lefty” to another. Also note the VUK patch on Chase’s right arm that all Phillies wore in 2007 in honor of the much-loved former player and coach.
Slugger Ryan Howard jokes with 1930’s left hand big hitter Chuck Klein on who hits the furthest. Ryan no doubt is pointing out how small Baker Bowl was and how it favored the lefties. Chuck doesn’t look too impressed.
4 famous hitters stand centre stage.
Del Ennis, All star in rookie year 1946 who hit the winning run on Sept. 6th, 1952 v Boston Braves in the bottom of the 17th. with a broken wrist (note the ice pack).He stands along side Mike Schmidt who broke his home run record in 1980 and finished with 548. Richie Allen, rookie of the year in 1964 did it tough, enduring constant racial slurs but still became one the club’s best as a power hitter of the 60’s and 70’s. Johnny Callison another great hitter of the 60’s completes the fabulous 4.
4 pitching heroes hang out together in the background: Jim Bunning, Jim Konstanty, Robin Roberts and Grover Alexander. Old Pete shows the secret to his success. He honed his skills on the farm in Nebraska as a boy throwing rocks at rabbits.
Always the livewire, a smiling Tug McGraw hold up his victorious left hand in memory of the series winning pitch in the 1980 World Series. Perhaps he’s having a laugh at Bob Boone who drops a ball remembering that famous spill that was mopped up by Pete Rose in the 9th inning of game 6 in the 1980 WS. Tony Taylor gets in on the joke. The ever-present Garry Maddox waits in case of any further spills.
Two old friends reunited again, have a chat, as they always liked to do. In this case a young Harry Kalas interviews Richie Ashburn as he was back in his heyday, 1950. In Ashburn’s locker is a sorry letter to Alice, a fan who legend has it, he hit twice in one game when foul balls landed in the crowd.
SITTING IN FOREGROUND:
The Phanatic sits back and takes it all in. He represents all Phillies fans in his appreciation of the scene that is before him. This surely is any Philly fanatic’s idea of heaven. In typical cheeky fashion he sits himself down right in the middle of a meeting of minds between Paul “pope” Owens, Charlie Manuel and Dallas Green.
Note the rose in the vase in front of Dallas Green. Pete Rose is a Philly favorite and in this scene he is with us in spirit.
Hull Kingston Rovers
Indigenous Team of the Century
From Scared Ground to Hallowed turf. Commissioned by the AFL in 2005 this poignant creation depicts the best of the Indigenous players from Australian football history. The players are depicted on a symbolic arena that vignettes from the red earth of the outback to the green turf of the big city stadiums. It speaks of the enormous journey that many of the players have to undertake to transition from country life to the hussle and bustle of life in the city spotlight.
And what an amazing array of talent has sprung from the Indigenous community. Many players have brought a distinctive flair and freedom that has elevated the game to a new level.
The painting was unveiled at a gala event by the Prime Minister of the time John Howard.
Swannie is released, from the canvas, from the studio and out into the big Black and White world.
The scene is based on Anzac day 2012. Dane has just kicked one of his 3 goals in a best on ground performance. He pumps his fist in triumph to the Collingwood faithful and in defiance of all the critics that were questioning his commitment at the time.
“Too fat, not putting in etc…” were the cries from the back seat drivers in the press. About a man who had just recently stated publicly that he would be a Magpie for life. He could take a million offers for double the pay to go somewhere else, but I reckon he wont…ever.
So the theme for this painting was about the soul of the player and the soul of the Club becoming one. Here we see Dane’s dragon tattoo on his torso subtly merging with the Black and White stripes.
Dane has also penned a few words on the bottom of the print about what it means to him to be a Collingwood man, tough and through. It reads in his own words, as follows:
“Collingwood gave me a chance when no-one else would. Every time I run out to play I give my heart and soul and hopefully, I have repaid their faith in me. That’s why you see here that my body tattoos have merged with the jumper. I a black and white, through and through. Winning individual awards is great but nothing comes close to the feeling you get when you win a premiership. it is hard to describe that feeling when you look into the eyes of your closest mates and realise what you have achieved together. I want that feeling again.” Dane Swan – Collingwood Football Club.
CFC 1990 Painting Story
From left to right.
Taswegian winger Graeme Wright and his close mate Gavin Crosisca celebrate with their favourite drop, Ouzo and Coke. Note the wings on Wright’s ankle, symbolising his lightning pace and the position in which he played, and the apple in his hand.
They are laughing as Michael Christian reminds a typically fired up James Manson that he better tone it down or cop another whack. Chrisso famously punched James in the race one day as they were running out to play, when the excitable Manson got too much in his face.
Behind them the equally exuberant Shane Kerrison delights in throwing a flaming paper airplane (bomber).
Craig Kelly’s cup runneth over, in this case, all over Damien Monkhurst who is quite happy to cop “this” kind of spray (champagne). Monkey’s arm is around his fellow ruckman and close mate Manson. In Monkey’s right hand is an RACV key ring. Apparently his excuse for missing training on a regular basis was that his car kept breaking down and he couldn’t make it in all the way from Woori Yallock.
Front and centre are two of the elder statesmen of the team. After loyal and stellar careers with the Magpies, who would have been happier than these two. Peter Daicos had a “Premier” season carrying the weight of the forward line on his shoulders with 97 goals. Here he waits for an ecstatic high five from Dennis Banks with whom, along with Tony Shaw, played in 4 losing Grand Finals for the Pies through the under 19’s, reserves, and seniors. What is that icy pole wrapper at Daics’ feet? Is it a Paddle pop?
Darren Millane, the man that embodied the courage and commitment that it takes to win a Flag. Playing for 6 weeks in excruciating pain due to a broken right thumb and despite the restriction that this put on him physically, the man they call “Pants” was in the teams best on the day that counts. How fitting he had the ball in his hands when the siren went.
Captain and coach deserve to be at the heart of this image. Tony Shaw gave everything he had to his beloved club. It is just reward for him to retire, a Premiership Captain. It is also typical of his dogged, determined and unwavering spirit that on this day he would make sure he was best on ground…the Norm Smith medallist.
Lethal Leigh Matthews brought to the Club his wealth of experience, talent, and fierce expectation of the highest standards for his players. He could command that because he gave it as the most decorated and respected player in the games history.
In a rubbish bin in front of him the Collywobbles are dispatched forever.
Up the back Jamie Turner and Mick McGuane stand on the seats and throw more burning paper bombers. It just so happens that Mickey’s plane is made from a page of the Form Guide. He also has the earplug and transistor tuned into the races.
Craig Starcevich and Gavin Browne take a seat and a well earned rest. With bandages and ice packs on their heads, they symbolise the sacrifices that are made on the field, for the team. They both copped king hits from terry Daniher and are still a little starry eyed.
Mick Gayfer does what he does best. He applies a blanket. But this time to comfort a team mate rather than smother an opponent.
Dougy Barwick was the consummate professional, always keeping himself in perfect shape. It is said that he would prefer to arm curl a six-pack rather than drink one. Shane Morwood joins in the fun.
Finally, two close mates enter the scene on the right. This symbolises the fact that they were new to the club, being first year players and South Australians. Scott Russell and Tony Francis were said to be Siamese twins. What great inclusions they were.
This intricate 5 x 2 metre canvas was commissioned by the Collingwood Football Club to encapsulate and celebrate over 120 years of Magpie history. Jamie was given the daunting task of weaving together times, people and places to create a pictorial novel of this great club.
After 18 months of painstaking research, drawing, designing and brush on canvas, this magnificent tribute was unveiled to the Black and White faithful at the Collingwood Forever gala event at Crown Palladium on Wednesday August 27th, 2014.
It contains 300 figures and captures so many iconic images and memories. Some include; at top left, the “Timeline of Captains”. This depicts every Club Captain standing side by side in chronological order from 1892 to 2014.
Also recreated is an informal group portrait of every player that played in the 4 consecutive Premierships from 1927 to 1930, known as The Machine Era.
Across the entire central plain of the canvas is a sweeping panoramic of Victoria park as it has changed throughout 100 years.
It’s all here in one grand tribute to the Mighty Pies.
1111 lithographic reproductions have been made, one representing each player that has worn the Black and White stripes since 1892.
Side by Side 2010 Premiership
Commissioned by the Collingwood Football club to pay tribute to the all conquering magpies of 2010.
Artist Jamie Cooper consulted with captain, Nick Maxwell prior to putting paint to canvas.
Here are a few things the two decided to put into the painting – Tyson Goldsack holding the 80:1 ticket his mother placed on him to kick the first goal, the possum sitting behind Alan Toovey, Alan Didak celebrating with a bottle of Grange (apparently he is a connoisseur of fine wine), Ben Reid waving his crutch around (apparently too elated to feel the broken bones in his foot), Harry O’Brien celebrating but as always finding time to twitter and Sharrod Wellingham with the Ipod that never leaves his ears.
20 Together - Carlton 81/82
“Twenty Together…always wins!” was a Parkinism that became the catch-cry for the mighty Blues’ 81/82 Premiership teams.
To celebrate the 30th Anniversary of this glorious time in the club’s history Carlton Football Club commissioned Jamie Cooper to paint this amazing pictorial tribute.
Cooper’s 3.6 metre oil painting will be auctioned at the club’s Hall of Fame event at Crown Palladium, Saturday March 26, 2011.
Carlton FC will release 200 Limited Edition Fine Art Prints only!.
Cooper interviewed the players from the sides and gives fans a rare insight into “what really went on” in the crazy 80’s.
To read the story behind the painting copy and paste the youtube link into your web browser.
This dynamic portrait was commissioned by the Kangaroos in celebration of Arch’s 250th game.
Seen here in typical style busting through a pack, leaving opponents destroyed in his wake. He was voted the “Shinboner of the Century” for his courage, loyalty and fierce dedication to the cause.
Note the archer on the fenceline.
Daryl Baldock 'The Doc'
Tigers Dream Scene
Broncos Ultimate Premiership
In creating the ultimate Broncos Grand Final Dressing Room Scene, I have to ask myself one big question – how do I bring life to a scene that cannot exist? This piece transports players from different eras to the current-day dressing rooms at Suncorp stadium. I want these guys to not just appear in the same place and time, but live and breathe together, to interact as if they had just won the greatest game in Broncos history.There are several distinct stages in the creation of a work such as this. The first stage is actually speaking to the players to find out about the players different personalities. Even in the closest-knit teams, players stave off into sub groups. So who would be hanging out with whom and what would they be saying? We need to know this as I want to tell some of the stories that have become part of Broncos’ folklore.Why is Tonie Carroll tugging at the medal around Gorden Tallis’ neck? Because this is the Clive Churchill Medal Gorden won for man of the match in the 1998 decider, a game that ‘Tunza’ Carroll also excelled in (and some say could have won the medal himself). And is that a scalped dog collar Gorden is holding? This is symbolic of that match where the Broncos were behind the Bulldogs 12-10 at halftime before powering home for a 38-12 victory.Why are Alf and Kerrod holding limp Dragons in their fists – because these two participated in back-to-back premiership defeats of St George. And what is that bucket beneath Alfie’s feet? Only teammates would know that Allan Langer was physically sick with nerves before every game. And of course the ‘Powers’ hat, made by a fanatic fan and worn on the 1993 lap of honour, is on Alfie’s head.Locky is surrounded by white rooster feathers. And what a job he did of plucking the Sydney Roosters in the 2000 Grand Final.Webcke has his broken arm still bandaged after playing two matches of the 2000 series with the unrepaired injury. And Webcke is closely surrounded by the battered forwards. They always were a close bunch.Is that an ‘out ball’ pass of a can of coke from Kevin Walters to Steve Renouf, the famous play that Walters used to get ‘The Pearl’ outside of defenders?The positioning of the players is also relevant. Carroll was always near Lockyer as it was his job to protect him defensively on the field. And so he looms over him in the painting.Michael Hancock and the coach Wayne Bennett are together as they participated in five premierships. They have their hands full displaying Mick’s premiership jewellery from five winning Grand Finals.So once all this has been decided I search the archives to find photographic reference of the players. Sometimes it is a head shot that I find but the body is not right. So I have a model pose in the right position for the photo I have found to create a believable figure that is interacting within the scene. It’s a bit like being Dr Frankenstein, stitching bodies together to make it all look natural. This is the hardest part. I made a trip up to Suncorp on a game day to photograph the current Broncos in the change rooms after the game. Much of the body reference in the painting is taken from that night. For example Lockyer’s body position was actually modelled on a shot I took of Corey Parker. Similarly Shane Webcke’s pose came from current vice-captain Alex Glenn. A pencil sketch is then drawn and shown to the club for approval. This all takes about three weeks. Then I have to draw it all up onto the canvas and start painting. This is both the easiest and hardest part. All the hard decisions of design, proportion and composition have been made. So now all I have to do is colour it in! This is often not as easy as it sounds.This part took five weeks, from 9am to midnight, six days a week. Every last bootlace and XXXX can, the NRMA Insurance sign, every detailed jersey logo…and those bloody trophies. Each one took a full day!What I hope is the result of all this hard work is a scene that is magical yet believable. An image that captures a hint of all those glorious wins, lifts the veil to the inner sanctum, and lets Broncos’ fans step into the greatest moment in this club’s rich history.
the painting was unveiled at a gala event in Brisbane to celebrate the club’s 25th anniversary. it went under the hammer and sold for $47,000.
Carlton Team of the Century
he first of the Team of the Century projects.
It took six months of discussions with the club to convince them that a painting of this impossible yet magical scene would be unique and certain to strike a chord with all Blues fans.
Never in AFL history had a dream scene like this been created, where champions spanning several eras came to life, together at one moment in time, interacting and ready to take the field in the Game of the Century.
It was released on the footy Show on the Thursday night and displayed on the back page of the Herald Sun the following morning. By the end of the day 800 of the 1,000 limited edition prints had sold. The rest were snapped up within days. The painting was purchased by the club and hangs proudly in the social club at Optus Oval, for all supporters to enjoy.
The painting depicts the locker room in the bowels of Princes Park/Optus Oval where the Blue’s champions spanning 100 years of Carlton’s rich history prepare for a game.
The Captain Steve Kernahan ushers us into this sacred scene.
Serge and Steve Silvagni are painted in their prime, yet father still gives his son a pep talk as SOS has a rub down. John Nicholls rests a hand on Diesel William’s shoulder as they put their heads together with David Parkin. Wallsy gets some tips on how to outsmart a centre half back from brownlow medallist, Bert Deacon. Geoff Southby and Craig Bradley warm up with some handball as the tutor Mike Fitzpatrick has Wayne Johnson’s full attention.
The premiership cups sit atop the lockers and Bruce Doull casually squashes a magpie under his boot. BLUE HEAVEN.
150 Years AFL History
As a part of our national game’s 150 year anniversary the AFL commissioned JCAP Australia to produce a historical pictorial tribute to our great game.
After 9 grueling months artist Jamie Cooper unveiled his 5 metre x 2.5 metre masterpiece in front of a packed press conference at the MCG.
The original oil painting now hangs in the foyer of AFL House.
Visit “Painting Stories” to see the stories within the painting and view the painting used on-field as part of the 2008 Grand Final pre-game entertainment.
Collingwood Team of the Century
The painting was based on a famous photo of the mighty team of the late 1920’s celebrating after yet another Grand Final win. Not suprisingly quite a few of the players could remain in the painting from the original photo, such was the quality of that era in Magpie history.
Syd Coventry rides the shoulders of the pack as the ultimate leader.
Peter Daicos has launched himself in joy onto Gordon Coventry’s back as the cream of the Club’s history gather for this informal portrait. The Collier brothers kneel side by side and most recent Premiership captain Tony Shaw, nurses the cup and his prized Norm Smith Medal.
In the stands at Victoria Park the past presidents and dignitaries watch on proudly and in the background (left) we see a little payback.
In the Blues Team of the century painting a magpie is cruelly squashed under the boot of Bruce Doull. Here we see a blues jumper being torn to shreds by a pack of Magpies. Justice is done.
The painting hangs at Lexus Stadium.
Champions of Essendon
In the locker rooms at Windy Hill a magical moment is revealed. Some how a time machine in the form of a painting has brought the 25 greatest bombers together for one moment in time that must be every Bomber fan’s dream.
They mingle together and discuss the issues … well, what would John Coleman be saying to Matthew Lloyd? Some pointers on how to kick a flat punt? Lloydy is all ears. Two great ruckmen in Simon Madden and Bill Busbridge shake hands and also have plenty to say. Whilst all this goes on TD does what he does best … sits back and enjoys the moment with a can or two.
The king, Dick Reynolds is front and centre standing proudly amongst the family of which is the spiritual leader. Voted by the fans as the number one bomber of all time.
Reg Burgess was said to be a quiet and disciplined man. Always immaculate he sits in the corner and polishes his boots with a black and white striped rag!
Mark Harvey opens his locker to reveal a bottle of peroxide and a pair of famous lime green pants that he sported in the 80’s. A young Timmy Watson stretches on the floor along side Michael Long who reads a paper with headlines that bring memories of that “long” day back in 1993. There is also an article on Martians and seagull sightings at the MCG. Jack Clarke holds a footy record, which he used to sell as a kid at Windy Hill. A brownlow hangs in Wanganeen’s locker and is that a bomb on top of the locker in the top right hand corner?
Fitzroy Team of the Century
The painting and limited edition prints were the backdrop to a wonderful gala event commissioned by the Brisbane Lions as an official recognition of its ancestry, and seen as a final and grand farewell to the Fitzroy Football Club. The response to the night was overwhelming as two rooms were packed at the Highett on Collins and connected via video link to accommodate the overflow.
This was truly a labour of love for Jamie, a former Fitzroy Lions player of the 1980’s.
He played alongside “The Master” Bernie Quinlan, Garry Wilson, Paul Roos, Richard Osborne, Alastair Lynch, Mickey Conlan and Gary Pert, who are just a few of the legends that burst through the banner at Brunswick Oval in this celebration of The Lion’s history.
In the tatters of the banner (top left) we can just make out the shape of a gorilla, the mascot in the early years. Even though the player’s have left the rooms for good the faithful lion remains at the entrance to the den for eternity.
Jamie just had to slip himself into this elite group somehow. It was never going to be as a player so holding up the banner (far right) will have to be good enough!
The painting was purchased by the club and hangs at the Lion’s Den at the Manningham Social Club in Bulleen.
Captains of Origin 30th Anniversary
Commissioned by Australia Post Jamie Coopers 2.7metre tribute to the QLD Captains will be unveiled at the “Former Origin Greats” charity lunch on June 15.
The project was commissioned to celebrate Origins 30th anniversary but also to promote the amazing work of the QLD charity – FOGS (Former Origin Greats). FOGS is a non-profit organization committed to helping communities and charities in Queensland. Once retired from representative football a Queenslander becomes a FOG – playing for Queensland on the field and helping Queenslanders off the field.
Flight to Glory
Geelong Team of the Century
The painting was based on a photo taken of the side at 3/4 time during the winning 1925 Grand Final when life as a VFL footballer was a little more casual.
The same poses have been kept but transformed into the select group chosen in the “Greatest Team of All”. The backdrop depicts the changing homes of the Seagulls at Corio Oval (left) through to Kardinia Park (centre – Brownlow/Young Stand) and Skilled stadium (right – Ford grandstand).
The players are set out in chronological order from left to right. The uniforms and even the drink bottles change as we move forward in time across the painting. The colour vignettes from the sepia tones of yesteryear through to full colour in the modern era.
Several subtle stories are woven into this scene also.
The black cat at Rankin’s feet is due to his role in creating the clubs name as the Cats. He apparently brought a souvenir to a game that he received from a relative’s trip to South America. It had a cat painted on it and the team had an unexpected win that day. He was told to bring it again as good luck and so started a winning streak that saw the adoption of the nickname.
Joe Salter (bottom left) wears a black armband symbolising his sad demise in the trenches of WW1.
If you look closely you can see that Alec Eason has two fingers missing on his right hand from an accident. He played the majority of his career with this disability and still managed to excel. You gotta hand it to him!?
Billy Goggin is where he always was: under Polly Farmer waiting for the handpass.
Wingman Leo Turner rests a hand on his son, and fellow wingman, Michael’s shoulder.
Sam Newman bought the original at auction for $41,000 and loaned it to the club to hang in the social club.
Essendon Football Club -Glory and Fame
The all-conquering Bombers of the mid Eighties were feared and respected by their opponents for their skill and toughness. They combined to be near unbeatable during the Back-to-Back years of 1984 – 85.
Artist Jamie Cooper has transported us back in time and placed us in the inner sanctum of this wild bunch at one of the most memorable moments in Bomber history. Stories from this era are part of the Club’s folklore, some of which are woven into the scene.
From left to right:
Paul Weston’s nickname was “Wealth” as he was always coming up with get rich schemes. Here he sits in front of his locker full of bank notes and a money jacket.
Leon Baker was a more laid back type who preferred to remain out of the limelight. Rather than join in the week long, premiership “piss up” he was on a plane out of the country to trek in Sri Lanka.
Peter Bradbury and Bomber Thompson cop a spray of champagne from the group’s practical joker Alan Ezard.
Rodger ‘the dodger” Merrett looks mean, even in celebration.
Below on the floor a heavily iced Brian “Princess” Wood (note the tiara), keeps his flowing locks in good order with a quick comb.
Steve “Stan” Carey gives Ezard a dose of his own medicine. The pleasant Sunday afternoons at Windy Hill became famous. Stan was key in the organization of these little gatherings. What are those little chips at his feet all about?
Billy Duckworth loved being in the middle of things both on and off the ground. The Norm Smith Medalist singled handedly strangled the Hawk’s hopes in 84.
Mark Harvey was a tough unit from Keilor. True to form he is already back in the moccasins.
Neil “Nobby” Clarke was the consummate team man. Quiet, dedicated and hard working. It is fitting that he holds the cup happily in both arms.
T.D. the inspirational leader fills the cup with champers.
Darren ‘Daisy’ Williams was reputed to have had an ulcer in his early years, so here he pops a ‘quik-eze’ before joining the boys in a celebratory drink.
Vice Captain and star of the team is Tim Watson who is seen here in his favorite spot, the massage table. It was said that a few privileged players were wrapped in cotton wool and had a “Gold Pass” from Sheedy.
Kevin “Spitfire” Walsh shut down the best in the business on a regular basis and was endowed with both brains and a sense of humor. On one occasion he secretly brought his own remote control to one of Sheedy’s game analysis meetings. Every time Sheeds pressed play “Spitter” pressed fast forward until the Coach, in complete frustration, abandoned the meeting.
Frank Dunnell was not shy in putting his case to Sheeds as to why he should be in the team, but Kevin typically is already analyzing the game on video
What else would Vander being doing post game (or pre game for that matter) but sitting back with his feet up with a beer and a smoke?!!
One night at training Sheeds gave Merv a bake and sent him from the track to re assess his attitude. Instead Merv rearranged the Coach’s locker. First he put his fist through the door before scattering Sheedy’s clothes and contents across the change room
The “budgie” has the final say…25 years later. A small bird sits atop the coach’s locker and has made his feelings clear.
The Dance - Adam Goodes
This magnificent fine art lithograph has been meticulously reproduced from the original oil painting by renowned AFL artist, Jamie Cooper. It depicts a true icon of our game in a moment that may well become a defining one in AFL history. The composition choice was a collaboration between Adam and Jamie. It was felt that it represented Adam, both as an athlete and a person, symbolizing his work both on and off the field.
This piece holds significance far beyond its purpose as a high quality memorabilia item, it is a statement on behalf of the artist, the Sydney Swans and the AFL in support of equality in our community.
Each print is one of only 200 of the limited edition of 372 that has been personally signed by Adam Goodes and the artist. It has been authenticated by the AFL Player’s Association. Each player signed edition features a unique hologram for your piece of mind and is officially licensed by The Australian Football League.
Hawthorn Team of the Century
The Greatest Hawks of all time line up in victorious celebration of this mighty club’s lineage. 100 years of proud history are shown in a celebration ritual that developed in the modern era. The linking of arms.
The greats line up along the member’s flank at Glenferrie Oval in front of the iconic Michael Tuck Stand and a packed crowd featuring all of the club’s past presidents.
Dermie pumps his fist in delight and holds his bombers scalp, symbolising the great battles between the two clubs over the past 20 years and his famous barnstorming dash through the middle of their 3/4 time huddle…the ultimate act of bravado typical of the man’s courage and cockiness.
Dipper is supported by his mates as he clutches his broken ribs, harbouring a deflating lung…an injury that he played the entire 1989 winning grand final with!!!
Buckenara holds his arms aloft in victory; a pose taken from the famous moment his preliminary final winning shot for goal sailed through the big sticks.
Matthews and Graham Arthur lead the pack in the centre. Although Arthur was rightly picked as Captain, Matthews is seen in front. Arthur rests a supportive hand on his shoulder as the bloodied “Lethal Leigh” stares, steely eyed at us. He is the spiritual leader of this group.
If you look very closely at Leigh’s left elbow you can just make out a few orange tufts of hair!
The meanest, stingiest, talented and most fearsome backlines to ever grace the field were those of Hawthorn in the 1970’s and 1980’s. Ayres, Knights, Mew and Moore were the backbone and seen here side by side as an impermeable brick wall of defence.
The hawks are circling in the sky and one is actually coming in to roost at its nest on the turret of the grand stand.
The 500 prints sold out swiftly.
Kevin Murray - The Bulldog
The one original oil painting that artist Jamie Cooper has not been able to part with.
Fitzroy legend Kevin Murray has been captured here at his gritty, determined best. Ploughing through the mud at Brunswick Street, steely eyed and ready to launch the waterlogged ball forward for his beloved lions.
Notice the spirit of the Lion behind him to the right.
The golden tones of the painting give it that feel of yester year, the classic feel that befits a true legend of the game.
The original canvas stands a colossal 3 metres high.
Kevin Murray, MBE, nine times best and fairest and 1969 Brownlow Medallist … a giant of the game.
Kingston Heath Golf Club is rated No.21 in the world.
This amazing golf club was the scene of the 2009 Masters and the Tiger Woods phenomenon.
To celebrate the clubs Centenary year Jamie Cooper was commissioned to paint this historic scene. Featuring prominent people throughout history and the changing faces of the clubhouse the painting now hangs in the formal entry of the club.
Take a look at the right hand side of the painting and you will notice a group of golfers teeing off for a round. Aaron Baddeley, Frank Philips, Greg Norman, Gary Player, Peter Fowler and Peter Senior watch Ossie Pickworth lead the way. The group are all previous winners of the Australian Open held at Kingston Heath.
The afterburners are on.
Worthy and valiant opponents are left floundering in his slipstream.
Surely this is how we will remember Andrew McLeod.
In this one off, larger than life oil painting renowned painter Jamie Cooper has attempted to capture not just a moment, but the essence of McLeod’s stellar career.
Greatness as a footballer is defined not just by skill but by what one does with the gifts he is given and even more importanly when he utilises those skills.
Two Norm Smith Medals say it all.
The fallen enemies behind him are his two opponents from the 1997 and 1998 AFL Grand Finals, Anthony Stevens and Nathan Burke.
In the crowd is the Indigenous, Torres Strait Islands and Scottish Flags proudly waving – all an important part of McLeod’s heritage.
Symbolising the spirit within, Andrew’s Torres Strait Island headdress tattoo is coming to life and, because he is moving so fast, it is even shedding feathers.
The painting will hang at the Crows new 20 million dollar training facility.
Melbourne's Greatest Ever Sports Stars
Darren Millane 'The Raging Bull'
The Millane family, as a tribute to Darren’s memory, commissioned this painting.
Darren storms down the member’s wing in front of the back and white faithful. The cheering crowd is made up of the entire Millane family on the left, along with numerous friends and Collingwood faces. In fact there are that many team mates and members of the playing fraternity in the crowd that there would hardly be anyone left on the ground to play with.
Notice Danny Frawley and Doug Hawkins in the grandstand flanked by two Tasmanian security guards!? And the bus that is parked just out side the ground behind the crowd.
Darren’s mum Denise holds a pair of home made black and white pants over the fence. She made several pairs for Darren over the years, usually of outrageous design and colour, which he wore with pride and flair. This was the origin of his nickname … “Pants”.
This pose was chosen by Darren’s mother, Denise from her favourite photo of her son.
In the sky we see the image of a raging bull still looking down on the Collingwood family from above.
The North Story
This is the definitive image of North Melbourne’s 150-year history. A vivid and detailed visual essay featuring numerous Kangaroo players, officials and the many great moments at Arden Street.
1. The elephant that got loose at Arden street.
2. The gasometer which was a landmark, as well as the galloping version … Mick Nolan.
3. The teeth at dentist Allen Aylett’s feet.
4. Best mates Anthony Stevens and Glenn Archer chaired off the ground together typify the mateship that the club is built on.
5. The team photo of the 1975 Premiership. Sam Kekovich is said to have missed the appointment at the photographers because he was still celebrating the win in the arms of a certain young lady. Well he now takes his rightful place in the photo but unfortunately he didn’t have time to get dressed!
6. The centrepiece is said to be the origin of the name “the shinboners”. A loyal local fan back in the 20’s was a butcher who used to tie blue ribbons to the shinbones in his shop window every Saturday morning.
7. John Dugdale and Winston Abraham’s famous grabs are shown along with a reflective Ron Casey as he finally holds the elusive cup. It’s all here in this intricate piece of art.
The painting hangs at the club’s bar room lounge at the Telstra Dome, Docklands Stadium.
Queenslander 25 years of Origin
Commissioned to celebrate 25 years of State of Origin this magnificent scene by Jamie Cooper was unveiled prior to the 1st 2005 Origin game at Suncorp Stadium.
The painting and Prints were underwritten by a private sponsor for the Queensland charity organization – FOG’s (Former Origin Greats).
FOG’s, headed by Origin Legend Gene Miles, drew back the curtain at their annual FOG’s luncheon with the greats in attendance. A Digital Canvas Reproduction sold for $20,000 and the NO.1 Print (of 200) sold for $10,000 at the lunch.
FOG’s went on to make over $300,000 from the project.
FOG’s is a non-profit organization supporting Queensland charities and community activities. They have donated millions of dollars to those in need in Queensland since their inception in 1997.
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Royce Hart 'Tiger Immortal'
Commissioned by a private investor to celebrate Richmond legend, Royce Hart, being named as an “Immortal” in the clubs Hall of Fame.
Jamie Cooper’s life-size oil painting of Matthew Richardson sold for a hefty $51,000 at the club’s “Richo Farewell” function on June 5. Almost 1,500 people paid tribute to one of the clubs favourite sons at the Melbourne Convention Centre. The scene for the painting was chosen by Richo himself as his fondest memories are the crowd at the Punt Road end of the MCG. Over many years the Richmond faithful became his extended family. Richo’s father, Alan “Bull” Richardson is in the crowd as a young Tiger cheering on his son.
As part of Queensland Cricket’s tradition of recognizing those who play 300 games for the state, Andrew Symonds portrait was unveiled in November 2009 and will hang in the “Centenary Room” at Alan Border Field.
Cameron Smith - Storm Hero
In 2010 Melbourne Storm commissioned Jamie Cooper to paint Storm Captain and club legend Cameron Smith. Here he is seen in typical determined pose doing what he does best, in the heat of battle…in the Eye of the Storm.
Tasmanian Team of the Century
Darrell Baldock is the captain of this impressive team from the Apple isle. Royce Hart sinks his boot into one as Laurie Nash scoops up a ball whilst the team does a warm up lap around the North Hobart Oval. The grandstands of Davenport Oval and North Hobart merge together to form the backdrop to this magical scene. Note: 1. The dog with the saveloy. 2. The famous point post that was removed to prevent a final score at a final at Burnie is seen being carried away in the crowd at right. 3. The helicopter that transported a few celebrating players from Hobart to Launceston hovers above. 4. The gravel on the knees of Ian Stewart from the home ground at Queenstown. The painting was purchased by a Tasmanian accountant for $37,000 and hangs in the museum in Hobart.
Australia's Team of the Century
Western Bulldogs Team of the Century
A guard of honour has formed to usher out the greatest bulldog of all. Ted Whitten bursts out onto the Western Oval in a sea of balloons and confetti to celebrate the greatest Doggies team of all time.
As the players recede backward in the painting so do they in time. Today’s stars Scot Wynd and Chris Grant are seen in full colour, fading back through the decades to sepia tones by the time we get to Allan “banana legs” Hopkins.
A hawk circles in the sky above Dougie, a chocolate royal lies at the foot of Brian Royal, a banana peel at the foot of Hopkins and if you look closely you can see Ted’s paw prints leading back up into the race!
The painting was auctioned at a gala event. It was purchased by club sponsor Coca-Cola for $48,000 and donated back to the club where it now hangs.
500 limited edition prints SOLD OUT.
There was a quirky footnote to this painting. If you look behind the feet of Herb Henderson (third from the front on the left side) you will see the tatters of a newspaper clipping saying “Herb back in side”!?
The artist accidentally used a photo of Brian Gilmore thinking it was Herb and painted him in instead. After Jack Collins picked up the mistake at the print signing session, Herb was quickly put back in his rightful position and the prints re-done.