His artistic ability was evident from his earliest schooldays; "Richard always showed artistic ability way beyond his years" wrote his art teacher in 1989.
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 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.
Because of his ability to capture the essence of any subject,
particularly boxing, Richard has been compared to American artist LeRoy
Neiman whom at 84 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”.
“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 32 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.
Prominent Slone Art Collectors
Corpoate Collections (Partial