Celebrated Artist Allan Mardon to Pre-Release Book of Paintings at Tucson Festival of Books, March 13-14, 2010

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Rare collection of Life Works offered in a limited-edition book

Allan Mardon

I choose to launch this book in my home town of Tucson because Arizona has inspired my love of nature and symbolism of life in animals

Renowned Artist, Allan Mardon will debut a spectacular collection of over fifty of his greatest paintings in a limited-edition book. Mardon, a former high profile New York City-based illustrator turned painter, and now Tucson author of The Narrative Art of Allan Mardon, 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.

In this new book each painting graces a full page in enhanced digital photography, seizing the essence of Mardon's genius. "My vision was 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 single 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.

"I choose to launch this book in my home town of Tucson because Arizona has inspired my love of nature and symbolism of life in animals," said Mardon. This rare book collection can be viewed at the Tucson Festival of Books to be held at the University of Arizona, Booth 167, March 13 and 14, 2010. To order a copy of the limited edition book, go to http://www.hatcreekt.com/allanmardonbook.html and select buy now or text BUFFALO to 69852.

For decades, Artist 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.

On March 13th, Mardon will also be a featured guest on the popular talk radio and web stream show "Circles of Change: Where Your Path is Created by Walking on It," hosted by Dr. Zara Larsen. The show will broadcast live from the event 10:00 to noon mountain time (104.1 FM "The Truth" or http://www.1041thetruth.com). The two hour show will also include Bill Viner, a Festival co-founder, telling the story behind the story of this extraordinary event dedicated to promoting literacy, and fueled by the year long efforts of over 250 volunteers. Over 400 authors from around the world will descend upon Tucson for the weekend appealing to all ages of lovers of books - 300 panels, lectures and book signings, 60 workshops for writers, over 200 special exhibits (http://www.tucsonfestivalofbooks.org).

In addition to Mardon, two other acclaimed authors and their diverse new works will be showcased: Maaza Mengiste, first time author of Beneath the Lion's Gaze, riveting historical fiction based in her native country of Ethopia during the 1974 Communist Revolution; and psychiatrist Dr. Gary Small of the UCLA Center for Aging and frequent expert guest on CNN, The Today Show and 20/20, with new book iBrain: Surviving the Technological Alteration of the Modern Mind.

"Circles of Change" radio show is dedicated to helping others with career and organizational change. Dr. Larsen regularly interviews inspiring business leaders, philanthropists, public servants, academics, consultants and authors to equip listeners with pragmatic knowledge and unconventional wisdom to move forward in their lives. Over 200 complimentary podcasts are available at http://www.thelarsengroup.com or "opt in" for mobile access by texting DrZara (no spaces) to 69852.

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.

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