Add ‘number 51’ to the row of New York Yankees murals that make the stretch of River Avenue at East 161st Street like no other in the world.
Renowned Bronx Bomber mural artist Andre Trenier sketched Bernie Williams onto the roll down security gate over Billy’s Sports Bar on Thursday, August 15.
Fittingly enough, the centerfielder is poised to be the next Baseball Hall of Fame outfielder inductee along with fellow pinstriper, Reggie Jackson.
The recent black and white mural is one of many done by Trenier of Yankee greats. The Kingsbridge native is perhaps most known for his wide, colorful portrait of Aaron Judge swinging on the gates of neighboring Stan’s Sports in addition to his row of murals underneath Babe Ruth Plaza that include Joe DiMaggio, Whitey Ford, CC Sabathia and Thurman Munson.
Trenier’s mural of Bernie comes just after the successful artist had launched his first solo show at the nearby Bronx Terminal Market.
Titled ‘From The Bronx-With Love,’ it emphasizes some of the most personal and authentic artwork that captures the nature of the borough’s creativity through music and culture.
With a mix of vibrant colors and unique fonts, Trenier’s somewhat ‘cosmic’ style is displayed at its best in a large scale portrait that expounds “don’t let life get in the way of your art,” in addition to many other works that have been kept under wraps in his workspace at the Andrew Freeman Home on East 167th Street.
That exhibit will be open, with artwork changing roughly about every two weeks, until Saturday, September 14.