Original Size: 24" by 42", Original Medium: Oils on masonite.
Wrigley field, built in 1914, is know for confining dimensions and a friendly vantage point on the game. Every seat is almost hanging over the playing field, the players seems as though they are close enough to grab. However, it is not only the stadium that is confining, the city is also confining on the stadium. The rooftops lining Waveland Avenue are filled with fans still receiving a great vantage point for the game. From the ivy on Wrigley’s brick walls, to the distinguishing scoreboard, it was the atmosphere of this Chicago landmark that I wanted to create in this painting.
I begun my composition by designing the bleachers. I wanted a sense of them closing in on themselves and the field. So, in the lower portion I composed a image of the stands surrounding and trapping the field so much that the field was not even visible. The field was then planted on top of the seats. The noticeable slant of the grass seems as though it popped out of its normal location because of the extreme pressure being put on it by the squeezing bleachers. The rest of the painting was composed around the slanted field. The strong passage along the left hand side leads us into the last distinguishing features.
Wrigley field is known for the brick walls in the outfield. In the summer, ivy covers the masonry, creating a living, green, one of a kind fence for the players to deal with. Another feature that defines Wrigley is the scoreboard, since 1937 the scoreboard has stood in centre field. The composition is finished off with the presence of the sears tower in the outfield sky The tower increases the confining nature of the composition and expresses the city’s confining relation to the venue. This idea of the surrounding city impacting the stadium, inspired me to advance my theories in another stadium series.