Finding Rocky

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Collectors Edition
Limited Edition of only 75
Paper: 40” x 34.25”
Image: 35.75” x 30”

Roman Numeral Edition
Limited Edition of only 150
Paper: 26.75” x 23.25”
Image: 22.75” x 19”


“Usually I try to visualize something before I put it into words. Words are very difficult and sometimes unforgiving. So if I could see what Rocky looked like, then perhaps I could write about him. As I began to work on this image, I didn’t want to use a brush because I felt that the character was made out of industrial tools. He was a man that was forged by the hardships of life. So I put this image up there and I started to actually carve it with a screwdriver. Then I took newspaper clippings which would reflect what it would be like to be a very poor, unsuccessful man, especially a boxer, and then, all of sudden, the image came alive. I remember saying, ‘OK, this is a character I would like to see written about because he looked interesting visually.’ If he looked interesting visually, then I think that he would translate through to literature and then cinema. I know it sounds ambitious but this was the genesis of Rocky.”

This painting was done in the early 70’s as a study and device to help develop the character of “Rocky” for a screenplay. In addition to the main figure being (literally) carved into the painting, we can clearly see the collage of fight headlines behind the character as well as the skyline of a city behind him.

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