Richard T. Slone


Richard T. Slone

Richard T. Slone (born 1974) is an English painter who has established himself as one of the world’s most sought-after up and coming artists, a multi-award winner whose paintings are now widely collected throughout the world.

Richard was born in 1974 in the quaint northern English town of Dalton-in-Furness, the same small town that 250 years earlier was the home of legendary English painter, George Romney. Slone, much like Romney has a special gift and is self-taught.

Richard would spend his formative years roaming the countryside of England where his lifelong love of art was born. It was natural and inevitable that Richard would combine his talent with his love of art and ability as a boxer. Richard would eventually pursue an offer to become a boxer under the guidance of boxing great Smokin’ Joe Frazier, who guided Richard’s boxing career until Richard’s love for art forced him from the boxing canvas, and onto the canvas upon an easel.

Richard’s art has become a much sought after item of high society with notable collectors including Donald Trump, Hugh Hefner, Glenn Schaeffer, Muhammad Ali, Nelson Mandela and many more. His work has graced the covers of many magazines, including the Ring Magazine, KO Magazine, World Boxing Magazine and many more. His work has been used by many companies and advertising agencies, including Everlast. He is the Official Artist of the International Boxing Hall of Fame, a title he has held since the age of 23. In 2007 Slone's artwork was used by the Ultimate Fighting Championship UFC to create a clothing line named 'Ultimate'. The line consisted of limited edition clothing with Slone's artwork printed on the garments.

Because of his brilliant ability to capture the essence of any subject, particularly boxing, Richard is often compared to American artist LeRoy Neiman whom at 85 years of age is regarded by many as the greatest living artist. “It’s been said that Richard Slone is the next LeRoy Neiman” stated HBO commentator Emanuel Steward “He and LeRoy are the best artists in the world – and I’ve never seen anyone capture the likeness that Slone captures in his work”.

Richard also considers the occasional portrait commission. He’s painted portraits of many of the world’s biggest names including Nelson Mandela, Hugh Hefner, Donald Trump, Lennox Lewis and many more. He has also painted fighters from the UFC, including a landscape of Chuck Liddell entitled 'The Iceman Cometh', and a landscape of Andrei Arlovski vs. Paul Buentello, which was originally painted as two separate portraits but pieced together and made into an official licenced UFC poster. [http://sloneart.com] [http://ufcstore.shopthescene.com/index.php?v=ufcpo] He is currently working on a huge oil portrait for multi-platinum selling rap star Eminem.

“Hailed as the next great artist” is what the Evening Mail newspaper wrote of Richard. “He’s the artist to watch” said gallery owner Michelle DeLorenzo. At 31 years of age it seems that Slone’s future is very bright. In 2005 a surge of international art investors bought an entire series of Slone originals. The interest and demand in his art in the last 12 months has been phenomenal, the Slone Art company was formed and two art dealers were brought in to cater to Slone’s rapidly growing clientele.

Slone paints with great detail, bold colors and often uses Arcylic and Enamels.

In 2006 he became one of the most sought after up and coming artists. He is represented worldwide by numerous galleries.

In 2007 Foxwoods Casino and Resort commissioned Slone to paint their 100th boxing event. Slone also signed a multi-year deal with National Geographic/Hampton Brown who will publish some of his work.

References

* [http://sloneart.com Richard T. Slone's official website]
* [http://ufcstore.shopthescene.com/index.php?v=ufcpo Official UFC online store]
* [http://www.illustriart.com/site/ Source of details of Foxwoods deal]


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