Painting honoring Ilitch unveiled in Farmington Hills

The Detroit News

Farmington Hills – A painting depicting the life of Detroit sports and business titan Mike Ilitch was unveiled Wednesday as part of a two-month exhibition featuring the works of artist Curtis Lewis.

Curtis Lewis II, right, and his wife, Cynthia Henley-Lewis, answer questions about “Mr. I, Thanks for the Memories,” a new painting honoring Mike Ilitch, at the Farmington Community Main Library on Wednesday. It is part of the exhibit “The World Class Icon Collection.”

The 2-foot by 3-foot multimedia acrylic and oil painting on stretch canvas includes images of a tiger, a Little Caesars pizza with breadsticks, a baseball diamond, the Fox Theater marquee, the Stanley Cup, the new Little Caesars Arena and a portrait of Ilitch in a Tigers jersey.

This is a detail of Curtis Lewis' painting of Mike Ilitch, titled, “Mr. I. Thanks for the Memories."

The Red Wings and Tigers owner died Feb. 10 at the age of 87.

The painting is part of a display of Lewis’ work at the Farmington Hills Community Library. Titled “The World Class Icon Collection,” it features paintings and portraits of such famous people as Muhammad Ali, former President Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, Martin Luther King Jr., Pope John Paul II, Michael Jackson, Prince, Ghandi and Rosa Parks.