Sly’s Art

Sly Poses

US Actor Sylvester Stallone, poses in front of one of his works during a press conference ahead of the exhibition ‘Sylvester Stallone. 35 Years of Painting’ in the Gmurzynska gallery in St. Moritz, Switzerland, Thursday, Feb. 17, 2011. The retrospective which shows 30 pieces painted by the action star lasts from February 18 to March 15, 2011.

(AP Photo/Keystone, Arno Balzarini)

Sly’s Swiss Art Show

US Actor Sylvester Stallone, poses in front of one of his works during a press conference ahead of the exhibition ‘Sylvester Stallone. 35 Years of Painting’ in the Gmurzynska gallery in St. Moritz, Switzerland, Thursday, Feb. 17, 2011. The retrospective which shows 30 pieces painted by the action star lasts from February 18 to March 15, 2011.

(AP Photo/Keystone, Arno Balzarin)

Sly Stallone: 35 Years of Painting

US Actor Sylvester Stallone, poses in front of one of his works during a press conference ahead of the exhibition ‘Sylvester Stallone. 35 Years of Painting’ in the Gmurzynska gallery in St. Moritz, Switzerland, Thursday, Feb. 17, 2011. The retrospective which shows 30 pieces painted by the action star lasts from February 18 to March 15, 2011.

(AP Photo/Keystone, Arno Balzarini)

Sylvester Stallone: 35 Years of Painting

US Actor Sylvester Stallone speaks in front of one of his works during a press conference ahead of the exhibition ‘Sylvester Stallone. 35 Years of Painting’ in the Gmurzynska gallery in St. Moritz, Switzerland, Thursday, Feb. 17, 2011. The retrospective which shows 30 pieces painted by the action star lasts from February 18 to March 15, 2011.

(AP Photo/Keystone, Arno Balzarin)

Sly Buys Painting

On March 20, 2010, The Lancaster Eagle Gazette posted an article called Artist’s Abstract Catches Eye of Action Star StalloneSly was a judge in an art contest at the Arnold Sports Festival and a piece by Robert Wright really caught his eye.  Later Wright learned that he had won the “Sylvester Stallone Choice Award” and would be a personal guest of Sly’s at a VIP luncheon.  Things even got better when Wright learned that Sly wanted to buy the painting!

Here are a few of Wright’s comments about meeting Sly:

“I was surprised. I thought he would be this ego-driven monster, but that wasn’t the case at all,” Wright said. “He was very humble and seemed to be embarrassed by all the publicity.”

“He asked how much the painting was and I told him and he was shocked and said, ‘That’s all?… I thought, you know, I could charge him $8,000 instead [of $800], but I’m not going to cheat someone just because they’re a celebrity.”

That’s a photo of the painting Sly bought below and you can read the full article by clicking here.

Sly Opens Up

On January 11, 2010, The Daily Mail ran a piece about Sly’s paintings.  Here are some highlights:

The action hero has painted since before he made his name in Rocky and Rambo, but has only started to earn recognition for his work in recent years.

Stallone has seen his work exhibited and even had two pieces snapped up by ‘super collector’ Steve Wynn for $90,000.

‘I think there’s always been a stigma attached to being a hyphenate – artist-singer, artist-actor,’ he said. ‘It came early, early on in my career.’

One of his acclaimed paintings is “Death of a Friend…  a very personal expression of grief.”

‘That was my manager,’ he said. Her name was Jane Oliver. She basically found me when I was just a struggling actor and nobody believed in me.

‘And then just as I made it in Rocky, she gets cancer and dies. I went into this real dark place. That’s what painting was about. It was like a conveyor belt just taking my heart away.’

To read the full piece, and every Stallone fan should, just click here.

Sly Shark Jumping?

On December 8, 2009, Art.com posted a pretty cynical piece titled “Has Art Jumped the Shark” by Charlie Finch who takes a shot at many artists working today.  Of course considering that Finch is the author of a book titled, Most Art Sucks, we shouldn’t be surprised.  You can read the whole article here.