Minnesota Vikings US Bank Stadium Art Collection
Like myself Jim Marshall created work for the Minnesota Vikings US Bank Art Collection. The photograph is of me, sports artist John Robertson, with Jim Marshall, defensive lineman, for the Minnesota Vikings from nineteen sixty one to nineteen seventy nine (1961 – 1979) In the photohe had just had autographed a page from a book that has one of my paintings of the famous “Purple People Eaters” . They were the great front four linemen for the Vikings. “The Purple People Eaters” included; Carl Eller, Allen Page, Gary Larson and Jim Marshall. The painting commission hangs in the new Minnesota Vikings US Bank stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota. I met Jim at the art opening for the US Bank stadium a week ago.
Jim Marshall created from the nickname he gave himself “silver eagle”. He liked to draw an eagle on his football uniform that “became synonymous with the Viking legend,” according to the Vikings press release. Jim Marshall said he was inspired by the Odin’s raven on the flags on medieval Vikings’ long ships. The bird’s ferocity held meaning for Marshall, and he began to fashion his own version of the symbol. His creation was a “silver eagle”.
It was really exciting for me to meet Jim Marshall as I was, and still am a big fan of the Vikings. My wife is from Minnesota and I have been going back with her at least once or twice a year since we have been together. Marshall is a few years older than me so we are contemporaries. He is a big, big man standing six foot four and two hundred and forty five pounds.
Jim Marshall “Purple People Eaters”About the painting
Sports Artist John Robertson’s painting you see in the photograph is eight feet by twelve feet, acrylic on canvas. This is the other page that Jim Marshall autographed for me which shows him in the Purple People Eaters painting. The original painting is in the lobby to Norsemen’s suites in the US Bank stadium where the Minnesota Vikings play. This is a private area for the suite owners but the doors are sometimes left opened so one can see them from the public area.