Since bursting on the New York art scene in 2000, photorealist painter Adam Port has produced life-like masterworks for an elite clientele including fine-art collectors; influential entities such as the NBA, Basketball Hall of Fame and Elvis Presley Enterprises; and celebrities like Michael Jordan, Carmelo Anthony and—above all—the one-and-only Ray Lewis.
In 2002, when Lewis founded the Ray Lewis 52 Foundation to benefit disadvantaged youth, Port was chosen as the featured artist at the foundation's first annual fundraising event. He created an inspiring portrait montage of the Ravens' inimitable franchise player, with the original painting and 4 limited-edition prints going to Lewis himself. The 5th and final print—autographed by both Ray and Adam—was the highlight of the event's charity auction, raking in more than $12,000 on its own for the RL 52 Foundation.
It was only the beginning. Not only has Adam returned to the gala every year since with a new painting or print, he has also attended Ray's private birthday parties. Early on, back in 2003, a starstruck young Port enjoyed the surreal experience of being in Ray's home with the likes of Deion Sanders and Spike Lee, only to walk into the living room and witness his two large Lewis paintings hanging prominently on opposite walls, dominating the space.
Port's deep respect for Ray Lewis is readily apparent in this huge, powerful homage. From the skull cap to the eye black, from the intense gaze to the pumped-up guns, from the purple pride to the iconic 52—all the key elements that define Ray Ray, that make him the unique force of nature that he is, are on full glorious display here. The breathtakingly realistic showpiece is the first of Port's Lewis portraits that has ever been auctioned publicly rather than at the RL 52 Foundation's annual private functions. It measures an imposing 2-1/2 feet x 4 feet and is elegantly framed to dramatic dimensions of 3 feet x 4-1/2 feet.
Please note: This item will ship directly from the artist in Cedarhurst, NY.