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Hollywood Star Sylvester Stallone Gets Fine Art Retrospective After 35 Years Of Painting


Back
in
the
early
1970s
when
a
story
idea
for
a
never-say-die
protagonist
was
percolating
in
Sylvester
Stallone’s
head,
he
decided
to
first
visualize
this
character
on
canvas.
However,
he
didn’t
want
to
use
a
brush
because
he
felt
that
this
man
was
forged
by
the
hardships
of
life.
So
instead,
he
carved
an
image
on
the
canvas
using
a
screwdriver.

“If
he
looked
interesting
visually,
then
I
think
that
he
would
translate
through
to
literature
and
then
cinema,” he
said.
“I
know
it
sounds
ambitious,
but
that
was
the
genesis
of
Rocky.”

Stallone
would
go
on
to
famously
complete
a
90-page
script
in
three-and-a-half
days
about
poor
Italian
American
boxer,
Rocky
Balboa,
who
gets
a
shot
at
becoming
world
heavyweight
champion.
Released
in
1976,
the
small-budget
film
catapulted
Stallone
to
stardom
and
produced
a
slew
of
sequels

the
most
recent
being
“Creed
11” in
2018,
co-starring
Michael
B.
Jordan.

Rocky’s
success
was
quickly
followed
up
by
yet
another
multi-sequel
vehicle
that
Stallone
had
originally
co-written:
“First
Blood,” released
in
1982,
tells
the
story
of
John
Rambo,
a
Vietnam
War
veteran
who
struggles
to
adapt
to
regular
life
due
to
his
post-traumatic
stress
disorder.

His
reputation
as
a
Hollywood
action
star
was
sealed

and
quickly
overshadowed
the
actor’s
other
passion:
painting.

‘Much
better
painter
than
actor’

Sylvester Stallone paints - DW Photo

Having
discovered
his
love
of
painting
at
a
young
age,
the
young
New
Yorker
used
to
sign
his
early
experimental
works
“Mike
Stallone.”
And
despite
his
rising
movie
stardom,
painting
has
remained
a
constant
part
of
his
creative
life,
his
artistic
output
fueling
his
cinematic
work
and
vice
versa.
In
fact,
he
once
deemed
himself
a
better
painter
than
actor.

“Painting
is
the
purest
of
all
arts.
And
it’s
not
like
film,
where
500
people
are
responsible
for
the
final
product.
Here
it’s
one
man
who
has
to
take
the
fame,
the
ridicule
or
the
criticism,”
the
actor
said
at
a
press
conference
on
December
3,
when
he
visited
the
Osthaus
Museum
Hagen
to
launch
an
exhibition
entitled
“Sylvester
Stallone:
75th
Birthday
Retrospective.”

He
added
that
despite
having
painted
for
more
than
50
years,
it
remains
a
new
world
to
him.
“Fear
and
anxiety
push
you
forward,”
said
the
75-year-old.
“They
push
you
to
the
next
level.
I
also
approached
painting
with
respect
and
later
ventured
into
other
forms.
Failure,
however,
remains
the
best
way
for
me
to
learn.”

In
the
1970s
and
until
the
end
of
the
80s,
Stallone
created
dark,
expressive
works
in
which,
among
other
things,
he
processed
the
death
of
his
manager.
At
that
time,
he
worked
mainly
with
illustrative
graphic
lines
and
bright
colors.

This
changed
around
1990,
when
the
avid
art
collector
immersed
himself
in
the
world
of
contemporary
art
and
studied
artists
such
as
Picasso,
Gerhard
Richter
orAnselm
Kiefer.

Inspired
by
the
abstract
works
of
Mark
Rothko,
he
developed
his
own
style
and
created
numerous
expressionist
pieces
including
self-portraits.


“That’s
what
I
love
about
painting,
it’s
the
only
true
communication
you
can
have,”
Sylvester
Stallone
once
said.
“Painting
is
the
fastest
and
purest
translator
of
the
subconscious.
When
something
is
going
on
inside
you
and
you
hit
the
canvas,
it’s
hard
to
fake
it.
The
artist
on
the
canvas
is
number
one
for
me
when
it
comes
to
conveying
his
feelings.”

Sylvester
Stallone
gets
an
art
retrospective

Among
other
works,
the
screwdriver-carved
piece
from
1975
“Finding
Rocky”
will
be
part
of
the
exhibition
that
will
run
from
December
3
to
February
20,
2022.
Charting
the
actor’s
works
from
the
late
1960s
to
present
day,
and
commemorating
his
having
turned
75
in
July
this
year,
the
collection
features
approximately
50
paintings,
among
them
self-portraits
and
never-before-seen
early
works.

His
works
were
previously
exhibited
at
the
State
Russian
Museum,
St.
Petersburg
(2013)
and
the
Musee
d’Art
Moderne
et
d’Art
Contemporain,
Nice
(2015).

“Sylvester
Stallone’s
expressive
paintings
energetically
demonstrate
to
us
what
constitutes
our
existence.
His
themes
revolve
around
play,
around
dreams,
around
fantasy,
around
harsh
realities,
around
faith
and
around
death,”
explained
Tayfun
Belgin,
the
director
of
the
Osthaus
Museum
Hagen,
who
also
authored
a
bilingual
catalog
explaining
Stallone’s
works.

Sly Stallone Fine Art Retrospective

Painting
Edgar
Allen
Poe

One
of
the
prevalent
themes
in
his
work
is
time,
with
the
clock
being
a
recurring
motif
in
his
pieces.
Speaking
to
the
Hollywood
Reporter
during
a
previous
retrospective
in
Nice
in
2015
he
had
said:
“Early
on
in
my
life,
I
realized
that
man
is
totally
pressed
upon
by
the
sense
of
time
racing.
Everything
is
timed.
So,
I
started
to
put
clocks
on
my
images,
usually
the
ones
of
actors.”

Actor
James
Dean
and
Michael
Jackson
are
among
those
the
star
has
painted,
while
collectors
of
his
works
include
fellow
action
star
Arnold
Schwarzenegger
and
John
Travolta.

Another
notable
personality
he
painted
almost
50
years
ago
is
American
writer
and
poet,
Edgar
Allen
Poe.
He
has
previously
expressed
interest
in
writing
and
directing
a
biopic
about
Poe,
whom
he
greatly
admires.
If
the
project
comes
to
fruition,
he’s
most
likely
going
to
be
behind
the
camera
as
director
rather
than
take
the
lead
role.

“Sylvester
Stallone:
75th
Birthday
Retrospective”
runs
at
the
Osthaus
Museum
Hagen
from
December
4
through
February
20,
2022.


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