ABOUT THE ART
The original painting, measuring 36”x55”, was created with acrylic paint and pencil on art panel. The artwork features the Air Jordan 1 High “Chicago” 1985. The original pair of 1985 sneakers were found and photographed at Top Shelf Kicks in Caldwell, NJ.
The intention for this painting was to feature the iconic sneakers against a white background in a 3/4 portrait with the main elements of the sneakers exposed: The wings logo, the nike swoosh and the Nike Air tab on the tongue.
ABOUT THE SNEAKER
Arguably the most iconic sneaker of all time, the Air Jordan 1 changed the footwear industry. Back in 1984, a young Michael Jordan was looking to sign with a sneaker brand. MJ originally wanted to sign with Adidas but Nike’s commitment to creating a signature shoe as well as offering him a 25% royalty for every Air Jordan sold was enough for MJ to commit to Nike.
Originally designed by Nike’s creative director Peter Moore, very little details were given by Jordan on how he would have liked his 1st sneaker. His only notes were that he wanted the sneaker to be lower cut than others on the market and that he wanted them to be exciting.
Two of the main features of the sneaker that are showcased in the painting are the large Nike swoosh (the only Air Jordan to have the swoosh) and the Wings logo. The Wings logo, drawn on the back of a napkin by Moore, is a combination of a basketball with wings and the words “Air Jordan”.
According to sneaker collector and former ProServ employee Kris Arnold, based on his conversations with Peter Moore, Nike’s original plan was for two primary Air Jordan colorways: a white/black/red colorway (now known as the “Black Toe”) for home games and black/red for road games (now commonly referred to as the “Bred”).
Arnold says that, due to the threat of being fined, Nike adapted with an alternate colorway that met NBA regulations. This model is now referred to as the “Chicago” colorway.
Jordan debuted the “Chicago” AJ 1’s on November 17th, 1984 in a game against Dr J. and the Philadelphia 76ers.