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The Art of Allan Mardon:

For decades, Allan Mardon has been hailed as one of the finest Sports Artists in the world. Featured in literally hundreds of domestic and international shows and exhibitions, he was also the Official Artist for the National Basketball Association (1977-80), and has done hundreds of pieces for Sports Illustrated and Time Magazine.

He is world-famous for the highly-acclaimed and complicated The Battle of Greasy Grass. The large-scale painting of Custer’s Last Stand has been in the permanent collection of the Whitney Gallery of Western Art, Buffalo Bill Historical Center, Cody, WY, since March, 1999

Over fifty of his pieces have appeared in Sports Illustrated, as well as in McCalls, and Redbook. His Time portrait covers include the Shah of Iran, the premier of Spain, and the President of Greece.  Allan’s 5,000 pages of advertising illustration covered diverse fields, from razors to earth moving equipment to luxury condominiums.

Mardon works in oils, with a little bit of ink here and there. His work can be found in the collections of Canadian Artists in the Toronto Art Gallery, in 200 years of American Illustration in the Society of Illustrators and in the private collections of John Gertz, Andrea & Bruce Lorig, Tom DuPlain, Peter Mosse, and George Russell, to name a few.

In January, 2010 Mardon debuted a spectacular collection of over fifty of his greatest narrative paintings in a limited-edition book.  In this new book each painting graces a full page in enhanced digital photography, seizing the essence of Mardon’s genius.  In addition to the collection of masterpieces found inside, Mardon has personally designed every other detail of the book.  The hide-bound cover features the painting Nighthorses, his signature emblazoned in gold leaf, and his trademark humming bird in “Mediterranean blue”.  Mardon wrote and illustrated each page separately, each painting described in “walnut” ink in the artist’s own hand writing.   The end papers specifically chosen for this project are photos of Mardon’s palette of 40 years, literally decades of paint, layer upon layer.  Mardon’s style is further exemplified in the clamshell library presentation box, and he is including a unique, original piece of art opposite the cover of each book.  This is an exclusive offering of 100, hand-signed and numbered books.