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Art gracefully decorates fight game

Ring Magazine selects award winning artist Slone to paint upcoming Pacquiao vs. Cotto cover art.

Author:  Jaime Mendoza

Art and Entertainment Times Blog, September 7, 2009

 

Article courtesy of Jaime Mendoza / Art and Entertainment Times

LAS VEGAS - Artist Richard T. Slone remembers seeing copies of The Ring Magazine strewn about his house as a child. His father is an avid boxing fan and began taking Slone to the boxing gym when the artist was about 5 years old. In the evening's Slone would study the Ring Magazines and soon began collecting them.

Slone's lifelong love affair with boxing was perhaps fueled by picking up his first copy of Ring Magazine in the 1980's. Slone, now an internationally acclaimed artist, would sketch boxers almost non-stop as a youth, often using the photos in Ring Magazine as his reference. "I'd get really excited when Ring published illustrations and paintings from artist's such as LeRoy Neiman. I always wanted to have my art in Ring Magazine, ever since I can remember. You must understand for a kid who loved boxing as I did, having art in the Ring was better than having it hang in the Louvre", said Slone.

Now almost three decades later, Slone is still eagerly awaiting the new issue of Ring Magazine - this one will have his artwork gracing the cover once again, a spectacular painting depicting the upcoming Manny Pacquiao vs. Miguel Cotto fight set for November 14th in Las Vegas. Fight fans worldwide generally adore Slone's art, owners of originals include Donald Trump, Hugh Hefner and Oscar de la Hoya. The stunning new painting is Slone's third Ring Magazine cover in less than a year. Slone is also the Official Artist of the International Boxing Hall of Fame, a title he's held since 1997. Slone's fight art has become synonymous with boxings biggest events.  Slone is currently creating official artwork for the upcoming Floyd Mayweather vs. Juan Manuel Marquez as commissioned by the events promoters.

During the 90's Slone boxed under the guidance of Smokin' Joe Frazier in North Philadelphia, it was in Frazier's Gym that Ring Magazine staff first discovered Slone's ability as an artist, within month's Ring commissioned Slone to create artwork for their cover. The rest, as they say, is history. "My first Ring cover was over ten years ago now" said Slone, now 35, "but it never gets old. I still get excited when they call, brings back a lot of nostalgic memories and it's an honor to do it".

Slone's boxing art doesn't escape the critical eye of the art world; he is nominated for 2009 Sports Artist of the Year.

The Ring Magazine has been published since 1922. It is known as 'The Bible of Boxing' and recently launched an online publication at www.ringtv.com

See his work

A body of Slone's work is currently on display at The Fight Museum in Las Vegas. The Fight Museum is located inside Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino at 3950 Las Vegas Blvd. South and open 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 10 a.m. to Midnight on Friday and Saturday.

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