Prints For Sale

You can now buy high quality prints of the Legends Of Anfield painting from this website.
They are not available anywhere else online.

The prints are A1 size (594mm x 841mm) unframed & unmounted and are printed on 235gsm white photo gloss stock using a 9-colour printer. They look fantastic.

The cost is $125.00 each plus postage.
Mailing costs are $10.00 within Australia & $25.00 world-wide and includes prints being sent in a mailing tube and tracking via Australia Post.

Make sure you choose "Outside Australia" if you are outside Australia otherwise your order will be held up until the correct postage is paid.

Please read the Notes below.

A1 Poster - Within Australia


$125.00 + $10.00 postage




A1 Poster - Outside Australia


$125.00 + $25.00 postage




Notes:
  • At present you can only order 1 print per order but if you wish to order more than 1 please contact info@legendsofanfieldpainting.com for a quote on postage.
  • Other print sizes may become available but are not at this stage.
  • Life-size versions (5.5m x 2.3m) for walls & room dividers will also be available for sports clubs & bars with pricing to be announced later.
    Other large sizes for clubs & bars might be possible subject to discussion so please contact us.
  • Payment is via PayPal only at this stage.
  • All prices are in Australian dollars.
  • If you are from overseas and click on the "Within Australia" Buy button rather than the "Outside Australia" Buy button your order will be held up until the correct postage is paid.
  • Prints will be shipped to the address associated with your PayPal account unless you nominate another address during the ordering process.
  • You will be emailed your Australia Post tracking number once the item is sent.
  • The purchased prints will be sent in a mailing tube to ensure they arrive in good condition.
  • Depending on the destination please allow up to 10 working days within Australia & 15 working days outside Australia for your print order to arrive.
  • The Merchant will show up as Three Beards Pty Ltd.
  • The print will not have the copyright text over the top.

For any further enquiries please contact us via info@legendsofanfieldpainting.com


The Story

A Dream

For many years long-time Liverpool FC fan Ali Erkekli assembled a large amount of club memorabilia to fulfil a dream.

His dream was to put together a fantasy team image where many of the legendary LFC players, and other important personnel, who have graced the club since it was created in 1892 could be present together in a single image celebration of the abundant talent that has defined the history of the club.

The idea was borne out of the desire to have all our champions, legends, and long-time servants assembled together as if "time travel" were possible, and the painting was to encapsulate all that is grand & majestic about Liverpool FC.

There have been previous attempts to create a collage of photographs of past players using digital technology but due to the disparate sources of the images, and the difficulties of getting them all to match, the results have never been very successful.


 

A Painting

Ali's dream was to create a mural-sized painting of 5.53m x 2.3m using the traditional medium of oil on canvas to realistically represent the players as if they are posing together for a team photo. As far as he was aware the idea has never been done before.

He assembled images of 106 players, coaches & managers and organised them into a team photo of five rows and the final 106 people were chosen in respect of their grand service to Liverpool FC. Ali had decided to have 96 players, in symbolic tribute to the unfortunate supporters who did not make it home from Hillsborough, and another 10 mangers & officials who were intrinsic to the formation, character and reputation of the the club that it deservedly has today.

A Reality

In early 2016 Ali met another 2 passionate LFC fans, Triffin Dalikouras & Jim Kellam, who immediately loved his idea and agreed to help him make it a reality. After numerous meetings and ideas they finally had a coherent plan in place and got to work.

Ali looked around at for painters in Melbourne and found Mattie Walsh (a local artist who is, handily enough, also an LFC fan) and after discussing what needed to be done to make the dream a reality work started on the painting in August of 2016.

So here we are in April 2017, 125 years after Liverpool FC was formed, and the Legends Of Anfield Painting dream is now a reality.

And that is the story of how this one-of-a-kind piece of artwork came into being - we hope you enjoy both the idea and the result.

Ali, Trif & Jim

#YNWA



The Selections

Who To Choose?

How to choose the 96 players and 10 managers officials to be in the painting?

There have been many "Best Of", "Greatest" and "Legends" lists done over the years - most notably "100 Players Who Shook The Kop" done by LFC TV in 2006 - and there are obviously those people who pick themselves on any list of LFC personnel done anywhere: Gerrard, Fowler, Dalglish, St John, Shankly, Paisley and so on but sometimes the hardest part of such a list is those whom you leave out.

It was a painstaking process for Ali which took years of research as he felt an enormous amount of personal pressure to produce the most accurate & worthy list of the "creme de la creme" of this great football club's personnel.

Having to eliminate many names worthy of inclusion was deflating but necessary otherwise the list would have stretched out to several hundred people.


The Criteria

His selection criteria consisted of how well the person served the club and what they achieved there - in terms of players how many games they played, goals they scored was important - and finally the "x-factor" impact the person had on the Anfield faithful.

Many long-term Liverpool players wore several kits over their career and kit designs change regularly these days. Ali elected to portray each player in the kit worn, in his view, at the peak of his contribution to LFC.

There are many worthy players, managers and officials whom it could be argued should also be in the painting but in the end only 106 could be chosen and these are the personal choice of a long-time Liverpool fan trying to achieve a dream.

Trif and Jim both totally supported Ali's choices and while we don't expect everyone to agree with 100% of them we hope any discussions or comments about who should in be in or should be out will be done in the spirit of how we all like our Reds to play the game - fiercely but fairly and determined to embrace the fantastic football family that is Liverpool FC and it's fans.



The Artist

Mattie Walsh is an oil painter living and working in Melbourne, Australia. His works are predominately figurative with interests in people and places. He has developed skills in portraiture and taken on commission work as well as other independent projects, and has contributed to exhibitions in the past.

Early Life & The Reds

Born in Blackpool, England in 1981, Mattie moved to Australia at the age of two. He started oil painting at the age of ten, getting lessons after school from a local artist in the Perth hills.

Returning to England at age 14, he continued drawing and painting. In 1996 England were hosting the European Championships and Mattie inescapably fell into the fanaticism surrounding the sport upon his arrival, choosing football/soccer as a subject for the first time. Studying and sketching players he developed his skills in anatomy and figures through his new-found interest.

In Blackpool, north-west England, most young people in the mid to late 1990s followed Manchester United (the most successful club of the decade) and a much smaller number followed Liverpool. In keeping with his nature, Mattie chose to be different, he started supporting Liverpool.


Another Career

Although not purely because it was a controversial choice among his peers, he had a love for the city of Liverpool and had been hooked on the city's iconic Beatles since the Fab Four's global revival with the Anthologies CDs in 1995. This period was a tough few years for LFC and its Spice Boys and Mattie became disheartened with his chosen team and slowly stopped his teenage scribbles of football players.

He went on to study Fine Art at Oxford University, graduating in 2005. Although he continued to paint, Mattie went onto become an animator, establishing a studio with two friends. Their most successful project was the animation for Dino Run!, a BBC-funded smart phone game where Mattie worked as the lead animator. The studio disbanded after 3 years and, realising computer arts weren't for him, Mattie returned to painting.

A Return To Painting

Although it seemed unthinkable to him at the time some 15 years later, on the opposite side of the world, Mattie would not only get to depict Liverpool FC again, but this time it would be in full oils, on a mural-sized canvas, 106 people in number plus the chance to revisit his old 90s heroes like Robbie Fowler & Steve McManaman.

The Legends Of Anfield Painting is the project to launch Mattie back into his original profession and is (quite obviously) his biggest project to date.



Close-Ups

A closer look at 25 of the players and managers in the Legends Of Anfield Painting.

Mouse-over (tap on a mobile device) to see their stats and click to view a larger image.

Steven Gerrard

1998-2015
710 games
186 goals
Captain 2003-2015

Bob Paisley OBE

Player 1939-1954
253 games
10 goals
Manager 1974-83
6 First Division Championships
3 League Cups
6 FA Charity Shields
3 European Cups
1 UEFA Super Cup
1 UEFA Cup

Sami Hyypia

1999-2009
464 games
35 goals
Captain / Co-Captain 2000-2003

Graeme Souness

1978-84
359 games
55 goals
Captain 1982-1984

Kevin Keegan

1971-1977
323 games
100 goals

Peter Beardsley

1987-1991
175 games
59 goals

Robbie Fowler

1993-2001 & 2006-2007
369 games
183 goals
Co-Captain 2000-2001

Luis Suarez

2001-2014
133 games
82 goals

Xabi Alonso

2004-2009
210 games
19 goals

John Toshack

1970-1978
247 games
96 goals

Bruce Grobbelaar

1981-1994
628 games
0 goals

Michael Owen

1996-2004
297 games
158 goals

Ian Rush

1980-1987 & 1988-1996
660 games
346 goals
Captain 1993-1996

Fernando Torres

2007-2011
142 games
81 goals

Alan Hansen

2007-2011
620 games
14 goals
Captain 1985-1988 & 1989-1990

Bill Shankly OBE

Manager 1959-1974
3 First Division Championships
2 League Cups
4 FA Charity Shields
1 UEFA Cup

Rafa Benitez

Manager 2004-2010
1 Champions League
1 FA Cup
1 Community Shield
1 UEFA Super Cup

Billy Liddell

1939-1961
534 games
228 goals
Captain 1955-1958

Jamie Carragher

1996-2013
737 games
5 goals

Jan Molby

1984-1996
292 games
61 goals

John Barnes

1987-1997
407 games
108 goals
Captain 1978-1978

Kenny Dalglish

1977-1990
515 games
172 goals
Captain 1978-1978
Manager 1985-1991 & 2011-2012

Steve McManaman

1990-1999
364 games
66 goals

Pepe Reina

2005-13
394 games

Roger Hunt

1958-1969
492 games
286 goals
Captain 1955-1958



The Back Room

Ali Erkekli, Triffin Dalikouras & Jim Kellam are 3 are mad-keen Australian Liverpool FC fans with a combined 114 years supporting the club.


Ali Erkekli

Ali began supporting the Reds in 1981, during the greatest era for the club.

His earliest memories of Liverpool FC were of Alan Kennedy marauding down the flank, the King lording over proceedings and the tireless running of fellow Aussie, Craig Johnston.

Ali dabbles in several fields of art & design, has had his own t-shirt brand and continually seeks to develop his creative, eclectic & eccentric "left-field" ideas. He currently runs his own niche perfume label.

Triffin Dalikouras

Trif has been a Liverpool FC fan for 35 of his 39 years.

Always a keen soccer player he still finds time to moonlight as a striker for a local club in between his work & family commitments.

Jim Kellam

Jim has followed Liverpool FC since watching his first FA Cup final on Australian TV late at night in 1974.

Since then he has stayed up on many, many, many late nights & early mornings to watch The Reds, seen a game at Anfield, been present when King Kenny scored the title-winning goal at Stamford Bridge in 1986 and attended both the 1986 and 2012 FA Cup finals.

When not working on projects like the Legends Of Anfield Painting Jim is a photographer, graphic & web designer and trivia host.



Trif, Ali & Jim in front of the unmounted painting while it was being photographed


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