LeRoy Neiman(1921 - 2012)|
Best known for his brilliantly colored, stunningly energetic images of sporting events and leisure activities, LeRoy Neiman was probably the most popular living artist in the United States and we are sad to see him gone.
The artistic style of the fabulously successful Neiman is familiar to a remarkably broad spectrum of Americans.
He was the official artist for ABC-TV at the Olympic Games in 1972 and 1976, and at the Winter Olympics of 1980. He also was a CBS Super Bowl artist, as well at other major competitions televised on location throughout the world.With his sketchbook and drawing materials in hand, he produced split-second records and highly developed images of what he is witnessing at that moment.
Born in St. Paul, Minnesota, he studied at the Art Institute of Chicago, De Paul University, and the University of Illinois and eventually taught at the Art Institute of Chicago's school of Art for ten years before moving to New York City in 1963 where he had his first one-man show at the Hammer Gallery. Since then he has continued to portray the people and events of the world he knows best, or which intrigue him most. His best-known works are sports scenes, a reflection, he believes, of the fact that sports are universally a dominant force. Neiman's work has been exhibited in galleries and museums throughout the world, including the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., and the Hermitage in Leningrad.