Painter immortalises the changing face of Pittodrie
Tribute: Artist’ s image of Aberdeen Football Club’ s home to be auctioned
An Aberdeen painter has paid tribute to the Dons in a piece that will be auctioned off for charity.
Artist George Dow commemorates Aberdeen FC’s current home as the club faces its move to a new stadium at Kingsford.
The painting depicts the changes to Pittodrie over the years dating back to the early 1920s and even includes the old gas works that stood behind the South Stand until its demolition in the mid-1990s.
The building of the Richard Donald Stand in 1993 features, as does the Merkland Stand’s granite facade.
Surrounding the frame are sketches of the club’s 23 managers including Sir Alex Ferguson, former Scotland boss Ally MacLeod, and current manager Derek McInnes.
Mr Dow, 65, said: “Pittodrie means so much to so many people and its passing would be such a big thing to happen in the city.
“That’s when I realised a pictorial souvenir would be important. I’ve been adding to the painting steadily over the last three or four years, which has added up to a lot of man hours.”
A limited run of 100 prints will be sold while the framed original will be auctioned by Aberdeen Football Club Community Trust.
The former Gray’s School of Art graduate has completed a number of artworks including a Portrait of Champions for the Millennium Open at St Andrews, and The Goal – a celebration of Scottish footballing legend Archie Gemmill’s wonder goal scored against Holland at the 1978 World Cup.
LABOUR OF LOVE: George Dow with his painting of Pittodrie through the years, which will be sold by Aberdeen Football Club Community Trust.