Best known for his brilliantly colored, stunningly energetic images of sporting events and leisure activities, the late LeRoy Neiman is perhaps the most recognizable contemporary artist of our time. The artistic style of the fabulously successful Neiman is familiar to a remarkably broad spectrum of Americans --"rich and poor, black and white, urban and rural, educated and illiterate," and young and old alike. He was the official artist at five Olympiads. Millions of people have watched him at work: on ABC TV coverage of the Olympics, as CBS Superbowl computer artist, and at other major competitions, televised on location with his sketchbook and drawing materials, producing split-second records and highly developed images of what he is witnessing.
A teacher at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago for 10 years early in his career, after studying there, Neiman also gained wide recognition as contributing artist for Playboy, in the 1950s. Many of his images have appeared in the form of etchings, lithographs, silkscreen prints, and sculptures as well as paintings, in the permanent collections of public and private museums and other institutions worldwide.
“As no other thoroughbred ever has, Secretariat captured the public’s fancy, generating an excitement above and beyond his racing prowess, to become one of the twentieth century’s most glamorous athletes.”
---- LeRoy Neiman, 2008