Local Artist Dino Murphy Produces Incredible Blazers Paintings

Dino Murphy

Dino Murphy, a local artist, has painted some incredible works of Portland Trail Blazers art.

I tend to write at some pretty weird hours of the day, and I always find it interesting to see who is up and alive on Twitter late at night. (It's usually the most diehard of the diehards, a bunch of workaholics, some Europeans, a few nut jobs, and a fair number of people who seem to need significant others.)

Anyway, the other night, I got a tweet from Dino Murphy, a Beaverton artist who blew my mind with this painting of Clyde Drexler.

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Murphy writes that he used to work for the Trail Blazers, and his passion for the team is evident in the artwork's details. It's breathtaking stuff.

Note: click on any of the images in this post to make them larger.

Murphy sent over a few more pieces the next day. Take a look.

Here's reigning Rookie of the Year Damian Lillard.

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Here's the late, great Blazers legend Maurice Lucas.

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Here's the one and only Bill Walton.

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Murphy notes that he had the opportunity to meet Walton at a recent fundraising gala and show him the portrait. "Bill loved this piece and said he wants a copy," Murphy writes.

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Finally, here's a quick behind-the-scenes video that shows the Drexler piece in production.

Pretty incredible stuff. You can follow Murphy on Twitter right here.

In case you missed it, a great Drexler mural went up in Southeast Portland this summer.

If you or someone you know is an artist that has done Blazers-centric work, please pass it along!

-- Ben Golliver | benjamin.golliver@gmail.com | Twitter

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