Two long-awaited books will debut at ICAST—both in the same booth! Author Pat Rybovich joins IGFA historian Mike Rivkin to celebrate the history and art of big-game fishing (booth #1711, Silverfish Press). Rivkin's new book on the life and work of premier fish painter Stanley Meltzoff will be on display along with the Rybovich book. All members of the press who stop by will receive a free Stanley Meltzoff poster and Rybovich tote bag.
RYBOVICH is the result of four passionate years of work by Pat Rybovich, daughter of the boats' designer/builder Tommy Rybovich. The massive limited-edition coffee table book shares an insider’s look into the legendary West Palm Beach yard. From the 1947 launch of Hull #1, Rybovich has defined the world of sportfishing. With a unique combination of performance plus high-life extravagance, since the 1940s owning a “Rybo” has been the ultimate status symbol. The customer list reads like a Who’s Who with such familiar names as duPont, Gillette, Ballantine, Maytag and Firestone. Over 60 years later, Rybovich—from her signature broken sheer, transom door and fighting chair to the soaring tuna tower—still remains the industry standard. The massive coffee table book overflows with more than 600 pages of breathtaking photography and narrative. Created in a limited-edition of only 900 copies, each signed and numbered, the tribute is top-flight—Rybovich right—all the way, with no expense spared. www.RybovichBook.com
Stanley Meltzoff - Picture Maker (2010, Silverfish Press) is the first book ever to be released on the life and work of this extraordinary artist. Meltzoff's storied career included a classical education in the arts, four years in Italy as an illustrator for The Stars and Stripes army newspaper during WWII and a brilliant commercial arts career. In 1970, he turned to painting game fish in their natural environments, a new and heretofore unexplored genre. As an early and avid SCUBA diver, Stanley was able to combine his years of underwater observation with decades of illustration experience to produce a series of bonefish paintings for Sports Illustrated in 1970. He went on to a hugely successful second career, diving to observe game fish in all the world's seas and dominating the sporting media with the art that resulted. Meltzoff paintings of billfish, tuna, and other species now hang in the world's finest museums and collections of sporting art. His death in 2006 stilled a brush that will never be equaled.
Both Rybovich and Stanley Meltzoff - Picture Maker are available for holiday delivery. Special dealer rates are available for the Meltzoff book along with specially inscribed and limited edition copies.
Stop by Silverfish Press at #1711 and see both for yourself — you’ll be delighted you did!
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