Benjamin Davis's painting of Philadelphia Flyers mascot, Gritty.
Photo courtesy of the Philadelphia Flyers
There is a new masterpiece in the city of Philadelphia — but don't expect to see this classical nude hanging on the walls of the Barnes any time soon. Why? Because it's a portrait of Gritty, the beloved NHL mascot for the Philadelphia Flyers.
During last week's loss to the Boston Bruins, Gritty stayed on the sidelines, dramatically casting off a white robe while the sounds of Nelly's “Hot in Herre” bumped through the arena. He spent the next 90 or so minutes reclining on a black leather coach, clad only in his hockey helmet, to pose for 28-year-old artist Benjamin Davis.