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Cooley Hurd

(26,877 posts)
Wed Jun 20, 2012, 08:55 PM Jun 2012

Publicist: Artist LeRoy Neiman dies in NY at 91

Source: AP

NEW YORK (AP) — Painter and sketch artist LeRoy Neiman has died in New York at age 91.

He was best known for evoking the kinetic energy of the world's biggest sporting and leisure events with bright quick strokes. He was a contributing artist at Playboy magazine for many years and was the official painter of five Olympiads.
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Read more: http://bigstory.ap.org/article/publicist-artist-leroy-neiman-dies-ny-91



What a spectacular artist. Cross gently LeRoy.






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Publicist: Artist LeRoy Neiman dies in NY at 91 (Original Post) Cooley Hurd Jun 2012 OP
A Denver gallery had an exhibition of his work a year or so ago... Great artist. hlthe2b Jun 2012 #1
RIP Femlin. n/t PoliticAverse Jun 2012 #2
Holy ****! I remember him! Rhiannon12866 Jun 2012 #3
I think of his sports paintings the most... Cooley Hurd Jun 2012 #4
The '76 Olympics. He did a series of paintings which I *think* Burger King gave out ... SomeGuyInEagan Jun 2012 #9
He was a great sports artist as well. bluedigger Jun 2012 #5
Pop Art as a genre had significance for its irony. I don't see any of that CTyankee Jun 2012 #14
I knew somebody would take issue with my comment. bluedigger Jun 2012 #18
I'm no art critic, either. No big deal if you see what I don't and vice versa! CTyankee Jun 2012 #21
RIP Mr. Neiman. An icon! nolabear Jun 2012 #6
He got MOTION! elleng Jun 2012 #7
Exactly. +1 AnotherMcIntosh Jun 2012 #11
I remember one he did of Muhammad Ali that was good. Spitfire of ATJ Jun 2012 #8
I believe our little art gallery in San Francisco AsahinaKimi Jun 2012 #10
My mom worked with him back in the day when they were both young commercial artists. Gidney N Cloyd Jun 2012 #12
More of an illustrator than painter Auggie Jun 2012 #13
I loved his style. RIP sinkingfeeling Jun 2012 #15
Love the Playboy one...Never knew that was his work... Blue_Tires Jun 2012 #16
LeRoy Neiman, Olympics and sports artist, dies aged 91 (BBC) eppur_se_muova Jun 2012 #17
I visited his store in New York City back in the late '90s and shook his hand slackmaster Jun 2012 #19
I still remember his sports paintings vividly. hifiguy Jun 2012 #20
I didn't realize he was that old. GoCubsGo Jun 2012 #22

Rhiannon12866

(211,642 posts)
3. Holy ****! I remember him!
Wed Jun 20, 2012, 09:03 PM
Jun 2012

I used to work at a store that sold some of his art. Since I worked alone, I was in charge of it. I'm trying to remember if I sold any, there was much of it that I liked, horses, if I recall. Godspeed, Mr. Neiman. Your talent will sure be missed...

 

Cooley Hurd

(26,877 posts)
4. I think of his sports paintings the most...
Wed Jun 20, 2012, 09:06 PM
Jun 2012

He captured... motion better than anyone. Of course, for the middle-aged, adolescent boys out there (such as myself ), he will always be known as the creator of Femlin...

SomeGuyInEagan

(1,515 posts)
9. The '76 Olympics. He did a series of paintings which I *think* Burger King gave out ...
Thu Jun 21, 2012, 12:36 AM
Jun 2012

as posters. That may have made him one of the post well-known living painters in America. I still remember a couple of them (female gymnast on the bar or horse and swimmer in the water). Great stuff.

bluedigger

(17,114 posts)
5. He was a great sports artist as well.
Wed Jun 20, 2012, 09:15 PM
Jun 2012

Probably best known pop artist after Warhol by the general public.



RIP

CTyankee

(64,132 posts)
14. Pop Art as a genre had significance for its irony. I don't see any of that
Thu Jun 21, 2012, 09:37 AM
Jun 2012

in Neiman. So a comparison to Warhol fails in my opinion. But I do think a lot of Americans like his works' illustrative values of vivid color. I really can't see the kinetic values so many people see in his works...

bluedigger

(17,114 posts)
18. I knew somebody would take issue with my comment.
Thu Jun 21, 2012, 01:44 PM
Jun 2012

I'm no art critic. Pontificate away. I liked him.

CTyankee

(64,132 posts)
21. I'm no art critic, either. No big deal if you see what I don't and vice versa!
Thu Jun 21, 2012, 03:20 PM
Jun 2012

Here is a post of mine with offerings from other artists (that I do like myself) in the genres that Nieman painted: http://www.democraticunderground.com/1002838141

I offer them as an alternative. The first one is by Bellows from the Ashcan School which I find very fine and exciting. The second is Dufy, a terrific French artist of the late Impressionist school and the third is Winslow Homer who did some stunning works of sailing and the sea.

Just my two cents really...

nolabear

(42,204 posts)
6. RIP Mr. Neiman. An icon!
Wed Jun 20, 2012, 09:31 PM
Jun 2012

Honestly, he wasn't someone I loved as an artist but he had great talent and made sports truly beautiful. Hope his passage was easy and his family has peace.

Gidney N Cloyd

(19,847 posts)
12. My mom worked with him back in the day when they were both young commercial artists.
Thu Jun 21, 2012, 08:24 AM
Jun 2012

Said he was quite a character. I think he got fired for being a little too creative.

eppur_se_muova

(36,573 posts)
17. LeRoy Neiman, Olympics and sports artist, dies aged 91 (BBC)
Thu Jun 21, 2012, 12:16 PM
Jun 2012

US artist LeRoy Neiman, an official painter of five Olympiads famed for his instant renditions of sporting action, has died in New York aged 91.

One of the world's most commercially successful contemporary artists, Neiman's colourful paintings were as distinctive as his handlebar moustache.

He captured events as diverse as the Super Bowl, the Grand National and the Cannes Film Festival.

Some of his most famous paintings were of the boxer Muhammad Ali.

His publicist Gail Parenteau confirmed his death at a Manhattan hospital but did not disclose the cause.
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more: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-18530676

http://www.leroyneiman.com/

 

slackmaster

(60,567 posts)
19. I visited his store in New York City back in the late '90s and shook his hand
Thu Jun 21, 2012, 01:49 PM
Jun 2012

He was a very talented artist, and had a good sense of what sells well. Friendly guy, too.

 

hifiguy

(33,688 posts)
20. I still remember his sports paintings vividly.
Thu Jun 21, 2012, 02:12 PM
Jun 2012

Those involving Muhammad Ali and boxing especially - very kinetic and arresting. And of course the Femlin

GoCubsGo

(32,357 posts)
22. I didn't realize he was that old.
Thu Jun 21, 2012, 07:55 PM
Jun 2012

To me, he still seemed relatively young back when I first knew about him in 1976. I really like his use of bold colors. I would love to have one of his African wildlife paintings, or the one of Secretariat, or "Blue Hockey", which featured Bobby Hull, and the one of Bobby alone. And, of course, pretty much all of the baseball paintings.

I'm sorry he's gone.

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