Pain­ter im­mor­talises the chang­ing face of Pit­to­drie

Trib­ute: Artist’ s im­age of Aberdeen Foot­ball Club’ s home to be auc­tioned

The Press and Journal (Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire) - - NEWS - BY GRE­GOR AIKEN

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.

Pho­to­graph by Chris Sum­ner

LABOUR OF LOVE: Ge­orge Dow with his paint­ing of Pit­to­drie through the years, which will be sold by Aberdeen Foot­ball Club Com­mu­nity Trust.

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