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Boxing Superstars Put On The Canvas

Renowned Artist, Richard T. Slone, Has Unveiled His Latest Painting, A Huge Canvas of Bernard Hopkins fighting Joe Calzaghe; Artwork To Be Featured in the Official Event Program in Las Vegas.
Slone Originals to be on display at Mandalay Bay’s Memorabilia Museum in Las Vegas.

Las Vegas, NV (April 9, 2008) – Multi-award winning artist Richard T. Slone has completed his latest painting, a pre-fight action painting of boxing champion Bernard Hopkins going toe to toe with unbeaten champion Joe Calzaghe. The two square off later this month in Las Vegas.

The acrylic on canvas masterpiece is 30 inches by 40 inches and has been masterfully created to pay homage to two of the greatest boxers of this era. The spectacular painting pits two linear champions against each other and is painted in typical Slone style, the viewer is placed right in the middle of the action as both boxers submerge in full combat prior to their upcoming ‘Superfight’ which will be held Saturday, April 19th, 2008 in the PH Ring at the Thomas and Mack Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The medley of colors and captured expression brings this canvas to life. The powerful flags of the Nations set the patriotic undertones for a fight of epic proportions. Slone’s choice of lines and color make this a bold statement and serve as a clear reminder why Slone was nominated for 2008 Sports Artist of the Year.

“This is one of the most intriguing fights in recent history. I had to paint it!” said Slone, who’s artwork is becoming a staple at high profile events around the globe. Collectors of his art range from celebrity clients and high-roller gamblers, to college kids who collect Slone designed apparel. Slone is best known for his vividly colored images that capture detailed expression and motion. Considered to be a leader in the new generation of sports artists, Slone follows a long tradition of artist’s who have painting boxing such as George Bellows, Thomas Eakins and in more recent decades, LeRoy Neiman.

The ‘Hopkins vs. Calzaghe’ artwork will be featured in the official event program. The Memorabilia Museum in Las Vegas will showcase a collection of Slone artwork during the month of April at the museum located inside the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino. To inquire about purchasing originals or prints of Slone’s artwork please contact [email protected].

Richard T. Slone has been hailed by the media as the next great artist. His work is widely collected by art collectors and high-society. Owners of his originals include Donald Trump, Nelson Mandela, Hugh Hefner and Muhammad Ali. He is the official artist of the International Boxing Hall of Fame, an official artist of the UFC and at only 34 years of age is one of the most accomplished emerging artist’s in the world. Earlier this year the National Geographic came to an agreement to publish his work over the next ten years. He is nominated for Sports Artist of the Year 2008.

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