Sly’s Art

SZoner Bill Pruitt’s Sly Experience

I received an e-mail from SZoner [and super talented artist] Bill Pruitt with this amazing story…

  • Hi Craig,

    just wanted to let you know I met with Sly on Friday at his office building for about 40 minutes and it was a really nice visit. He bought 2 more of my paintings that I delivered. The PopSly I posted on he StalloneZone and the latest Expendables piece on the StalloneZone (both of which he saw on there) so thanks so much to you. I didn’t get any photos from the meeting but that’s ok. We talked mostly about art and different painting techniques including mine and his and a lot about Rambo 3 and about me doing an epic type painting from that movie on a large scale like a battle scene or something of that nature. We talked on the phone prior to that on Thursday regarding my paintings. Also, about Rambo 3, he said he thought it was underrated and I agree. I told him my favorite scene was the stick fighting scene and that I think about that before working out because it really motivates me.

    I sat down with him in his own office and he showed me a book of his paintings and he described them to me and how he did them and said he even did one using a screwdriver. He said he regretted letting go of a few of them. I suggested a technique to him for creating a lot of texture on the canvas and he seemed interested like he might try it. He asked what he could do to make the oil paint dry faster and I suggested a fast drying medium to use. He showed me around the different rooms on his floor and he pointed out an old painting of mine hanging up that he purchased in 1994 of Cliffhanger (hanging on the cliff scene) and I hadn’t seen it since then. There was also a room with art and other things that fans had sent him over the years. His own paintings were hung up in the hallway and there were props from his movies throughout the place like the R Rambo mailbox from the ending of “Rambo” and the big sign that says TOOL’S from “The Expendables” and the big Leroy Neiman painting of Rocky and Apollo used in Adrian’s restaurant in “Rocky Balboa”. That wasn’t the original Neiman but a print made to look like an original. The original is smaller.

    I am working on a web page this weekend of ALL of my Sly paintings so I can show him. There are so many he hasn’t even seen. Also, I might add, his assistant was very nice and hospitable while I waited for Sly who was en route from the gym. After my visit, she informed me that Sly had hung the PopSly piece in his own office there on that floor. In all, it was a very nice experience just visiting and talking to Sly one on one.

    Thanks Craig.

    Bill

    My Art web site: http://billpruitt.com

    My Stallone art: http://billpruitt.com/sly_prints.htm

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Bill, Congrats on the sale of the paintings.  The personal meeting with Sly and the tour of his offices was priceless.  Wouldn’t ANY Stallone fan love to have the same opportunity?  Thanks for sharing the experience with us.  Can’t wait to see your next Stallone piece! – Craig


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.