“The One” prefight painting by Richard T. Slone, the second of three in the series.
LAS VEGAS (Aug 21, 2013) – Multi-award winning artist Richard T. Slone, known by fight fans around the globe for his unique style and ability to capture the true essence of the sweet science with each brush stroke, has been commissioned to create the official artwork for the upcoming Superfight between Floyd Mayweather and Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez, which will take place on Saturday Sept 14, at MGM Grand in Las Vegas, live on SHOWTIME PPV®.
Slone will be ringside at the fight to complete his series of official paintings and will also be hosting an exhibit of his works at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on September 12-15th. “Having Richard T. Slone creating unique artwork for this fight is a thrill and an honor for us at Golden Boy Promotions,” said company CEO Richard Schaefer. “Mr. Slone is the new leader in sports art throughout the world, and having him involved with this mega event adds to an already historic night.” Slone has created two pre-fight paintings and will create his third after the actual where he will be doing sketches from ringside.
Slone's prefight paintings include an intense “Stare down” painting, used on all events tickets and a full action painting titled “The One” which Leonard Ellerbe, CEO of Mayweather Promotions simply called “A masterpiece”.
“It's an honor to create art for this amazing event. It gives me chills to think these paintings will be part of the great history of boxing, like important fight paintings by George Bellows and LeRoy Neiman” said Slone at the unveiling. “Both of these warriors will be giving it their all. It's going to be an all-time classic fight and I'll try to capture that in my paintings.”
Slone's pre-fight paintings of the unbeaten champions will adorn commemorative tickets and official fight posters. There will also be a special limited edition of only 75 museum quality fine art canvas prints. Fight fans who are unable to attend the live event but who wish to purchase the art, may visit www.sloneart.com
Richard T. Slone is the official artist of the International Boxing Hall of Fame and has created artwork for many major sporting and celebrity events. The list of his collectors reads like a who's who of modern day icons, with prominent collectors such as Nelson Mandela, Donald Trump, Muhammad Ali and Hugh Hefner and many more. His artwork has become synonymous with boxing's superfights. He has created official artwork for fights including those of Oscar De la Hoya, Manny Pacquiao, Ricky Hatton, Miguel Cotto, Floyd Mayweather and many other stars. In the spring of 2013, Slone renewed a publishing deal with National Geographic that will publish his art in up to two million books. Collectors of his art range from celebrity clients, art connoisseurs and high-roller gamblers to a new generation of college kids who collect posters and Slone designed apparel.
Floyd Mayweather and artist Richard T. Slone unveil the painting in Las Vegas.
Slone's portraits are also featured on the tickets to the record breaking fight.
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All above images may be used for editorial/website uses. Credit: Richard T. Slone © 2013