It’s finally over. No more Jimmy G art.
With the news of Jimmy Garoppolo’s free-agent agreement with the Las Vegas Raiders breaking on Monday, Portuguese artist Rita Carvalho sent out her final piece in a 404-day series that captivated NFL fans on social media.
For the finale, Carvalho gave a nod to the movie classic “The Shawshank Redemption” and drew Jimmy G in a similar style to Andy Dufresne (Tim Robbins) breaking out of prison.
After the 49ers lost to the Los Angeles Rams in the NFC Championship last year, the writing was on the wall. Most expected that Jimmy G would be traded away from San Francisco following a four-plus year run and that it was just a matter of time before he would be dealt. About that.
A shoulder surgery last March derailed the 49ers’ plans of trading away Garoppolo and he ended up restructuring the deal for one more season. But as the “countdown clock” on Jimmy G started up last year, Carvalho started drawing making daily art pieces with the 49ers quarterback under the campaign, “Drawing Jimmy G every day until he gets traded.”
Once it became apparent that Garoppolo wouldn’t be traded, Oak kept on pushing art. It took 404 days, but Carvalho finally issued her final art piece on Monday. Throughout the series, Carvalho inserted Jimmy and his 49ers teammates into iconic pop culture images and her account became immensely popular on Twitter.
Last year, Oak joined 95.7 The Game’s “Willard & Dibs” to discuss her project. Check out the interview in the audio player above.