Through Henry's Eyes

Phillip Dewey's avatar Phillip Dewey

Henry Louis "Hank" Aaron is an American icon. He was a selfless, hard-working ballplayer whose quiet demeanor masked the complexities of being one of the first black players in the Major Leagues in the early 1950's. Two decades later he closed in on and broke the most hallowed of sports records--Babe Ruth's 714 career home runs. I watched the spectacle on television as a young boy with baseball dreams of my own. This multi-media work depicts Hank Aaron warming up during the 1969 All-Star Game. In front of his contemplative gaze is a door address marker with a peep hole inside. Viewers can look into this and several others placed in the painting to see illuminated photographs of historical events that occurred in this nation during the long arc of Aaron's career in baseball. It is my hope that this viewer participation will promote contemplation and discussion about art, baseball and, ultimately, what it is to be an American.

Entry Details
  • Art form: 2-D
  • Depth: 1/2
  • Medium: oil on canvas, wood, photos, stained glass, found objects
  • Width: 3 1/2
  • Year created: 2012
  • Height: 5