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Stevie C Tees

Champions

This work tells the story of 100 years of boxing with Muhammad Ali and Mike Tyson at its centre. 1681 was the year the first report of a prizefight appeared in the Protestant Mercury but this story starts in 1892.

In 1892 we had the first heavyweight championship fight under Queensberry Rules between “Boston Strong Boy “ John L Sullivan and “ Gentleman Jim “ James J Corbett, Sullivan was known as “ The Man “ in the press and Corbett was known as The Man who beat The Man after he defeated Sullivan in the 21st round (the only man to do so over Sullivan’s 20 year career).

In 1908 “ Galveston Giant “ Jack Johnson became the first black boxer to win the heavyweight championship, he was the most hated black man in America and this was cemented when in 1910 he beat “ The Boilermaker “ James J Jeffries during The Fight of the Century in the 15th round.

1919 “ The Manassa Mauler “ Jack Dempsey becomes the Heavyweight champ, in 1921 a Dempsey fight would have the first million dollar gate and in 1926 the first 100,000 + crowd when 120,757 spectators attended Dempsey V Gene Tunney.

1937 “ The Brown Bomber “ Joe Louis would begin the longest heavyweight championship reign which would last until 1948.

1951 “ Jersey Joe Walcott “ Arnold Raymond Cream was the oldest man to win the title; he would hold that record until 1994 when George Foreman knocked out Michael Moore in Las Vegas.

1952  “ The Brockton Blockbuster “ Rocky Marciano becomes the heavyweight champion and would finish in 1956 with a record of Won 49 Lost 0 Drawn 0.

1960 “ The Gentleman of Boxing “ Floyd Patterson would become the youngest champion at the age of 21 and was also the first heavyweight to regain the title after losing it.

1962 “ Sonny “ Charles L Liston  “the man they love to hate “ beats Floyd Patterson in the first round to become champion, he would repeat the feat in their return fight 10 months later.

1964 “ The Louisville Lip “ (Cassius Marcellus Clay Jr) Muhammad Ali would beat Sonny Liston in round 7 to become the heavyweight champion, after the fight the new champ roared “ I am the greatest “ a statement many to this day would agree with.

1970 “ Smokin Joe “ Joseph William Frazier becomes the undisputed heavyweight champion, in 1971 he would beat Ali in what was billed “ Fight of the Century “ but would loose to Ali in their following 2 fights with the last Frazer V Ali fight being known as the Thrilla in Manila.

1973 “Big George “ George Edward Foreman won the heavyweight championship by defeating a then undefeated Joe Frazier; he would have his first professional loss to Muhammad Ali in “ The Rumble in the Jungle “.

1986 “Iron Mike “ Mike Tyson at 20 years and 5 months becomes the youngest boxer to hold a version (WBC) of the heavyweight championship. He took this title from Floyd Patterson; both fighters had Cus D’Amato as their manager.

1990 “ The Real Deal “ Evander Holyfield becomes the undisputed heavyweight champion after defeating Buster Douglas; Douglas had knocked out Iron Mike earlier that same year

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Cus D’Amato and Angelo Dundee both feature in this painting, I have them watching over the others opponent.

The others watching the Ali v Tyson fight have a history with both fighters, you will see why if you look them up.

Larry Holmes, Leon Spinks, Trever Berbick, Ken Norton, Buster Douglas, Lennox Lewis, Kevin McBride, Danny Williams and Don King.

During the 7 weeks working on this painting I have been researching and watching heavyweight championship fights from the last hundred years, I have come to this conclusion, people will have their own opinions and many will disagree but Jack Johnson, Rocky Marciano, Muhammad Ali and Mike Tyson on any given day would have beaten each other, think of each fighter in their prime and how spectacular the fights would have been.

PS

Rocky Balboa would have come behind and beat them all , Yo Adrian, I did it!

Champions

Stevie C Tees

Champions

This work tells the story of 100 years of boxing with Muhammad Ali and Mike Tyson at its centre. 1681 was the year the first report of a prizefight appeared in the Protestant Mercury but this story starts in 1892.

 

In 1892 we had the first heavyweight championship fight under Queensberry Rules between “Boston Strong Boy “ John L Sullivan and “ Gentleman Jim “ James J Corbett, Sullivan was known as “ The Man “ in the press and Corbett was known as The Man who beat The Man after he defeated Sullivan in the 21st round (the only man to do so over Sullivan’s 20 year career).

 

In 1908 “ Galveston Giant “ Jack Johnson became the first black boxer to win the heavyweight championship, he was the most hated black man in America and this was cemented when in 1910 he beat “ The Boilermaker “ James J Jeffries during The Fight of the Century in the 15th round.

 

1919 “ The Manassa Mauler “ Jack Dempsey becomes the Heavyweight champ, in 1921 a Dempsey fight would have the first million dollar gate and in 1926 the first 100,000 + crowd when 120,757 spectators attended Dempsey V Gene Tunney.

 

1937 “ The Brown Bomber “ Joe Louis would begin the longest heavyweight championship reign which would last until 1948.

 

1951 “ Jersey Joe Walcott “ Arnold Raymond Cream was the oldest man to win the title; he would hold that record until 1994 when George Foreman knocked out Michael Moore in Las Vegas.

 

1952  “ The Brockton Blockbuster “ Rocky Marciano becomes the heavyweight champion and would finish in 1956 with a record of Won 49 Lost 0 Drawn 0.

 

1960 “ The Gentleman of Boxing “ Floyd Patterson would become the youngest champion at the age of 21 and was also the first heavyweight to regain the title after losing it.

 

1962 “ Sonny “ Charles L Liston  “the man they love to hate “ beats Floyd Patterson in the first round to become champion, he would repeat the feat in their return fight 10 months later.

 

1964 “ The Louisville Lip “ (Cassius Marcellus Clay Jr) Muhammad Ali would beat Sonny Liston in round 7 to become the heavyweight champion, after the fight the new champ roared “ I am the greatest “ a statement many to this day would agree with.

 

1970 “ Smokin Joe “ Joseph William Frazier becomes the undisputed heavyweight champion, in 1971 he would beat Ali in what was billed “ Fight of the Century “ but would loose to Ali in their following 2 fights with the last Frazer V Ali fight being known as the Thrilla in Manila.

 

1973 “Big George “ George Edward Foreman won the heavyweight championship by defeating a then undefeated Joe Frazier; he would have his first professional loss to Muhammad Ali in “ The Rumble in the Jungle “.

 

1986 “Iron Mike “ Mike Tyson at 20 years and 5 months becomes the youngest boxer to hold a version (WBC) of the heavyweight championship. He took this title from Floyd Patterson; both fighters had Cus D’Amato as their manager.

 

1990 “ The Real Deal “ Evander Holyfield becomes the undisputed heavyweight champion after defeating Buster Douglas; Douglas had knocked out Iron Mike earlier that same year

.

Cus D’Amato and Angelo Dundee both feature in this painting, I have them watching over the others opponent.

The others watching the Ali v Tyson fight have a history with both fighters, you will see why if you look them up.

Larry Holmes, Leon Spinks, Trever Berbick, Ken Norton, Buster Douglas, Lennox Lewis, Kevin McBride, Danny Williams and Don King.

 

During the 7 weeks working on this painting I have been researching and watching heavyweight championship fights from the last hundred years, I have come to this conclusion, people will have their own opinions and many will disagree but Jack Johnson, Rocky Marciano, Muhammad Ali and Mike Tyson on any given day would have beaten each other, think of each fighter in their prime and how spectacular the fights would have been.

PS

Rocky Balboa would have come behind and beat them all , Yo Adrian, I did it!

 

Rock N Rolla

SCC138 Rock N Rolla

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Stevie Cs play list for Rock N Rolla, you can choose your own, from top left moving clockwise Tom Petty – American Girl. T Rex – I love to boogie and Hot Love. Pink Floyd – Another brick in the wall. Nirvana – Smells like teen spirit . AC/DC You Shook Me All Night Long. Blondie – Heart Of glass. Rolling Stones – Beast Of Burden. Boston – More Than A Feeling. MJ – Dirty Diana. Kiss – God Gave Rock And Roll To You. Dire Straits – Money For Nothing . Davide Bowie – Absolute Beginners . 2 Pac – Ghetto Gospel.  a-ha – The Sun Always Shines On TV. Prince – Raspherry Beret. Lou Reed – Take A Walk On The Wild Side. Elvis – You Choose there’s so many. My Chemical Romance – Welcome To The Black Parade and Famous Last Words. Gorillaz – Clint Eastwood . REM – Night Swimming and The Sidewinder sleeps Tonight. Queen – Under Pressure.Thin Lizzy – The Boys Are Back In Town and Old Town.. The Velvet Underground – Heroin. The Smashing Pumpkins – Tonight. Blink 82 – Always. Live Aid – The whole day 13.07.85. Status Quo – Rockin All Over The World. Linking Park – Somewhere I Belong. The Who You Better You Bet. Bruce Springsteen – Born To Run. SKA – The Special – Rat Race and Madness  – Johnny The Horse. There was 99 reasons not to include something in this work , You tell me why ?.

The Story behind Stevie C Tees Aussie Rock

Stevie C Tees Aussie Rock SCC103

Starting from top left and working clockwise this is my soundtrack to my  Aussie Rock, the songs I loved and listened to over the last 30 years.Midnight Oil Blue Sky Mine . Skyhooks Horror Movie. 1927 Compulsory Hero . Silverchair Tomorrow . The Screaming Jets Helping Hand . Savage Garden To The Moon And Back. Spiderbait Black Betty . Evermore Running . Dragon April Sun In Cuba . Billy Thorpe & The Aztecs Poison Ivy. AC/DC Thunderstruck . Men At Work Down Under . The Angels I’m I ever Gonna See Your Face Again. Killing Heidi Mascara. John Butler Trio One Way Road . Paul Kelly From Little Things Big Things Grow. Hilltop Hoods The Nosebleed Section . Yothu Yindi Treaty . Crowded House Don’t Dream Its Over . Rose Tattoo We Can’t Be Beaten. Powerfinger Passenger . Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds Red Right Hand. INXS Beautiful Girl . Goanna Solid Rock .  I also have written the names of just some of the great  Aussies no longer with us in the stars . Peter Allen , Chrissy Amphlett, Bon Scott , Jon English , Stevie Wright and Doc Neeson , I have put my favourite songs on the Aussie Rock Playlist but you can choose your own. PS the right ear ? ” Rock On ” or should I say ” AUSSIE ROCK ON “

Salvador Dalí

Salvador Domingo Felipe Jacinto Dalí i Domènech, 1st Marquis of Dalí de Púbol, what a mouthful and what an Artist, most knew him as Salvador Dalí. Dali is best known for the striking and bizarre images in his surrealist work.
Dalis best-known work The Persistence of Memory was completed in August 1931, since 1934 the painting has been in the collection of the Museum  of Modern Art in New York City, it is widely recognised and frequently referenced in popular culture and sometimes referred to by more descriptive titles, such as “Melting Clocks”, “The Soft Watches” or “The Melting Watches”.

 

Dalí’s expansive artistic skills included film, sculpture, and photography, at times in collaboration with a range of artists in a variety of media.
Dalí was highly imaginative, and also enjoyed indulging in unusual and grandiose behavior. To the dismay of those who held his work in high regard, and to the irritation of his critics, his eccentric manner and attention-grabbing public actions sometimes drew more attention than his artwork.

Check out Salvador Dali, you will be amazed / confused and entertained with everything he did.

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