Gregory Perillo Painting
Feller vs. DiMaggio
The “Feller vs. DiMaggio” painting was inspired by Mr. Perillo’s two favorite players, Bob Feller and Joe DiMaggio, the greatest pitcher and centerfielder of their time. He, his son-in-law and grandson presented it to Mr. Feller at Brighthouse Network Field in Clearwater, Florida, on March 20, 2005 during the Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association’s annual “Legends of Baseball Game”. This painting was donated to the Bob Feller Museum, in Van Meter, Iowa, by the Perillo/Javaruski family.
About the Artist
Gregory Perillo is a world renowned artist and sculptor, known for his Western and Native American art, as well as his Sports, Military and Religious works.
He was born in Greenwich Village, N.Y.C. on March 12, 1927 and moved to Staten Island as a young boy, where he still resides, paints and sculpts. His artwork is exhibited in many museums and corporations across the country.
Mr. Perillo grew up a great sports fan, and was most passionate about baseball and boxing. At age 11, he drew a color rendering of his idol Joe DiMaggio, and presented it personally to Mr. DiMaggio at a luncheon held at the famed Toots Shor’s Restaurant in N.Y.C. in 1939. After serving in the U. S. Navy in World War II, he attended Pratt Institute and The School of Visual Arts in New York City to hone his skills. Over the years, he has painted many sports greats in baseball, basketball, boxing, football, golf, hockey, horse racing, tennis, and soccer.
In the 1990s, Mr. Perillo was commissioned to paint Brooks Robinson and Roberto Clemente for two consecutive Rawlings Gold Glove Award Dinners held in N.Y.C. Limited edition precious metal cards were reproduced from the paintings and were presented to the guests at each event. His sports artwork of Babe Ruth and Jack Nicklaus was also reproduced by Mitsubishi for PM Cards made of gold, platinum and silver. The artist was also selected to create oil paintings for the inaugural season of the Colorado Rockies and Florida Marlins new baseball franchises. Again, limited edition lithographs and gold cards were produced from his paintings. Collector watches and cards of Larry Bird and Ken Griffey Jr., as well as non-sports related works, have been reproduced by The Sun Time Watch Company.
Mr. Perillo’s sports art has displayed at numerous venues, most notably at the Butler Institute of American Art, in Youngstown, Ohio. His one man show, entitled “Canvas Playing Fields” had nearly two dozen original oil paintings, along with his Clemente bronze sculpture.
Most recently, Mr. Perillo created and donated a large bronze sculpture to the United Sports Alliance of Staten Island, New York. Entitled “Spirit of 9-11”, it is in tribute to the sports coaches of Staten Island who perished in the 9-11 attacks. The sculpture is on permanent display on the grounds of the Hilton Garden Inn in Staten Island, N.Y. In 2007, he was commissioned to paint a portrait of the New York Giants football team owner, Wellington Mara, which he presented to Mrs. Wellington Mara in New Jersey, and it hangs today in her home.