Richard T. Slone is a multi-award winning painter who has emerged as one of the most intriguing and sought after young artists working today. Known mostly for his entertainment and sports art, his works are appreciated and collected throughout the world.
His artistic ability was evident from his earliest schooldays.
"Richard always showed artistic ability way beyond his years," wrote his art teacher in 1989.
Even at an earlier age his work gained attention. His drawing of a dirt bike was showcased on Take Hart, a British children's television show on BBC about art, hosted by the late Tony Hart.
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 eventually combine his talents and love of art with his ability as an aspiring boxer. From an early age, he would spend his evenings either creating artwork or boxing out of the Barrow Amateur Boxing Club in England.
Richard would eventually pursue an offer to become a boxer under the guidance of late boxing great Smokin’ Joe Frazier. Slone went to America and fought under Frazier’s guidance until Slone’s love for art forced him from the boxing canvas onto the stretched artist canvas upon an easel.
Richard’s art has become a much sought after item with notable collectors. His work has graced the covers of numerous publications, including RING Magazine, a boxing publication that dates back to 1922. His work has been used by many companies and advertising agencies, including sporting juggernaut Everlast. For 18 years, Slone has served as the official artist to the International Boxing Hall of Fame, located in Canastota, New York.
Because of his ability to capture the essence of any subject, particularly sports and entertainment, Richard has been compared to the late American artist LeRoy Neiman. Until his death in 2012, Neiman was considered the leading sports artist in the world today, an honor that many now bestow upon Slone, but the artist is quick to point out "There is only one LeRoy Neiman. He was friend and always said great things about my work over the last 20 years. LeRoy Neiman was in a league of his own and he'll go down in history as that. I just try to paint to the best of my ability."
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. “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 39 years of age it seems that Slone’s future is very bright. He has been a critically acclaimed artist for nearly half his life and recently celebrated his 19th year as a published artist.
In the mid 2000’s a surge of international art investors bought an entire series of Slone originals. The interest and demand in his art in the last few years has been phenomenal. The Slone Art Company was formed and two art dealers were brought in to cater to Slone’s rapidly growing clientele. The popularity of Slone’s artwork has continually grown. As a testament to his demand, Foxwoods Resort and Casino acquired an entire edition of giclee prints.
Slone's artwork continues to capture some of the world's biggest entertainment and social events including the official FIFA 2010 Bafana Bafana (South Africa) World Cup art as well as portraits of Eminem and Frank Sinatra. However, it is his large body of work for the sweet science where he’s earned most accolades. Slone's name is now synonymous with big fights. He has created official artwork for fights including those of Oscar De la Hoya, Floyd Mayweather, Manny Pacquiao, Ricky Hatton, Miguel Cotto, and many other stars.
Slone also ventured into apparel design. He was commissioned by the UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championship) to create a special t-shirt design. Slone came up with the ‘Ultimate King’ design. The garments were limited to only 5,000 worldwide units, which sold out in weeks. Slone also designs limited edition apparel for other major companies.
2012 saw new records for Slone’s prices on the London auction scene, as demand for his art continues to flourish both internationally and domestically. In 2013, Slone renewed a multi-year deal with Hampton-Brown and National Geographic that allows the publisher to reproduce selected pieces of Slone’s work in up to two millions books.
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 artists who have painting boxing, such as George Bellows, Thomas Eakins, and in more recent decades, the late great LeRoy Neiman.
As the years pour on, Slone's work has only continued to grow in both prominence and excellence. With no signs of slowing down, Slone is rapidly positioning himself as the premier sports artist across the globe. He is nominated for 2014 Sports Artist of the Year.
Partial List of Slone's clients