A portrait commemorating the Hibernian legend, Joe Baker.
Following the untimely passing of Joe Baker in October 2003, the West of Scotland Hibs Supporters Club decided to establish a permanent accolade for a man who was not only a great Hibernian player, but a good friend to the branch, particularly during its earlier incarnation as Glasgow Hibs.
The money raised by a raffle held at a subsequent Player of the Year event, with the purpose of raising funds for the project, was pooled with a similar sum raised by members of the Hibees Bounce at a fans forum.
After inviting the Hibernian Historical Trust to match their contributions and join them in commemorating Joe, it was decided to commission an oil painting as a lasting tribute.
On Sunday, 10th of May, the Trust unveiled the portrait in front of Joe's wife Sonia, son Colin and brother Gerry. Also present were representatives of the West of Scotland Supporters Club, the Hibees Bounce, the Hibernian Supporters Club and the Arsenal Scotland Supporters Club.
The painting was commissioned through Peter Lugton at SportsArtWorld.com and created by Kilmarnock artist Ryan Mutter (BA(Hons) Glasgow School of Art) whose work can be found in some of most prestigious galleries in Britain including the Royal Glasgow Institute of the Fine Arts, the Mall Galleries, London and the Scottish National Portrait Gallery.
We are grateful for the assistance of both Ryan and Peter in producing a worthy tribute to a true Hibernian legend.