Toronto Blue Jays fans are ‘feeling all the feels’ after a dramatic game 5 American League Championship Series (ALCS) win last Tuesday. Tonight the Blue Jays and Royals head into game 1 of the second round of the ALCS, the winner will move on to the World Series. What does this have to do with art?
Well, one of these nervous and excited fans is artist Dave Murray, who is currently exhibiting in our gallery as part of #ObjectifyNuvango. Dave is a self declared sports fanatic and his two favs are Hockey (#GOhabsGO) and Baseball (#BlueJays forever!). His love for baseball led him to co-found Garrison Creek Bats with 2 friends back in 2012. Read more about that adventure here. After the Bautista Bat Flip we weren’t surprised when we saw Dave’s instagram post of his interpretation of this epic moment in baseball history.
To celebrate and honour this exciting time for the Blue Jays, Dave Murray and Nuvango are launching a limited edition print of ‘Joey Bats’. Only 100 collector signed prints will be available. Each print is 16 X 20” and printed on heavyweight Hahnemühle 100% cotton fine art paper and is printed with archival ultrachrome K3 inks. Unframed prints are $95 CAD and framed prints are $175 CAD. Pre-orders begin NOW! All orders will be ready for pick-up/delivery after playoffs.
If you are interested in purchasing and reserving your limited edition, signed, unframed/framed print please email: email@example.com for additional details. We are happy to ship around the world (additional costs will apply).
Read on to hear what inspired Dave Murray to create this piece:
As a Jays fan, I feel a bit spoiled. I was lucky enough, as a 7 year-old to have attended both Game 5 of the ALCS game (against the White Sox), and Game 6 – the winning game – of the World Series, against the Phillies. I think that as a young sports fan, you always expect your teams to do well, and your optimism doesn’t really fade until you get older – 1993 was a particularly good year for both of my favourite teams. But – seeing Joe Carter has always stuck with me – being there was something I didn’t fully grasp then, and still have a hard time believing now. I was a witness to a World Championship, won in the most dramatic way possible by my then-favourite Jays player. It was magic.
Fast forward 22 years, and it happened again.
Though I wasn’t at the game, the same feeling of complete wonderment hit me. Jumping up and down, screaming, with no one but my dog with me in the house. And then I saw the bat flip, and I knew. Going back to 1993, a few months before the Jays won, I saw my other favourite player do something that only legends get away with – Patrick Roy winking at Tomas Sandstrom, knowing that victory was in hand, feeding not only the emotions of his team, but the thousands in attendance (and millions on TV) watching.
These moments become immortalized – a wink, “Touch ‘em all, Joe!”, and now – 22 years in the making – a towering home run and a flip of the bat. After 22 years, I have another indelible sports moment to remember forever. And I love it.” — Dave Murray, October 16, 2015.