Rare NBA Championship Painting
Rare NBA Championship Painting of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Julius “Dr J” Erving & Rookie Magic Johnson Celebrate 1980 Los Angeles Lakers Championship
Renowned Artist Allan Mardon to Release “SKYHOOK,” a never before seen hand-painted work, offered in limited-edition to commemorate the 30th Anniversary of the NBA Finals & World Champion Lakers.
“I was honored both as a fan and an artist to be chosen to be courtside and draw this NBA Finals piece.”
Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) June 5, 2010
Hailed as one of the finest Sports Artists in the world and the Official Artist for the National Basketball Association, NBA, from 1977-1980, Allan Mardon (http://www.allanmardon.com/) has pulled from his personal collection a lithograph of “SKYHOOK.” The never seen before piece illustrates Kareem Abdul-Jabbar shooting his patented skyhook over Julius “Dr J” Erving, Philadelphia 76ers, and 20-year-old Magic Johnson during his rookie year with the Lakers. The sketch-turned-painting was drawn courtside during game #1 of the NBA Championship in 1980. Mardon is offering this rare art print in limited edition of 300 for the first time to celebrate the 30th Anniversary of the Los Angeles Lakers World Championship.
Sports Illustrated, Time Magazine and other prominent publications have featured over a hundred of Mardon’s works over the years. “Sports is life and has such a rich tradition in our culture,” said Mardon, 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. “Prior to the internet and digital age, Sports Illustrated and the NBA captured a unique view of key moments through hand sketches and paintings,” said Mardon. “I was honored both as a fan and an artist to be chosen to be courtside and draw this NBA Finals piece.”
In this new limited release, “SKYHOOK” captures the grace and competitive spirit of Kareem Abdul Jabber’s patented shot. A shot he learned and perfected while at UCLA under the legendary Hall of Fame Coach, John Wooden. “My vision was to capture Kareem’s intensity as he played and to illustrate it shooting over “Dr J,” with Magic Johnson also in the mix. What a moment,” said Mardon. His paintings can be found in extensive public, corporate and private collections in the United States and abroad; hence, many of the paintings in private collections have not been seen in years, their true wonder only surfacing today in this rare collection. “I am pleased to share this single work that celebrates the 1980 NBA
About Allan Mardon:
Born in Welland, Ontario, Allan Mardon studied at the Ontario College of Art in Toronto. In 1953 he received the prestigious Lieutenant Governor’s Silver Medal. He did his postgraduate work at the Edinburgh School of Art in Scotland and at the Slade School of Fine Art, University of London. Mardon, who has designed graphics for the Canadian Broadcasting Corp., also was an animator for the National Film Board of Canada in Ottawa. 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.
Allan Mardon debuted a spectacular collection of over fifty of his greatest narrative paintings in a limited-edition book in January, 2010. In this new book each painting graces a full page in enhanced digital photography, seizing the essence of Mardon’s genius. “I wanted to capture all of the rich detail of the legends, stories and animals that have inspired my work,” said Mardon. Mardon’s paintings can be found in extensive public, corporate and private collections in the United States and abroad; hence, many of the paintings in private collections have not been seen in years, their true wonder only surfacing today in this rare collection. “I am pleased to share this compendium of work that characterizes my life’s passion for art,” said Mardon.
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.
To order a copy of the limited edition book, go to http://allanmardon.com/galleries/new-works/the-narrative-art-of-allan-mardon/ and select buy.