American Sports Artist LeRoy Neiman Dies
American sports culture chronicler, LeRoy Neiman’s French Impressionist influenced paintings, covered everything from gambling, to NBA Basketball, Muhammad Ali, The Olympics, and everything in between. His break actually came via on time colleague Hugh Hefner, whom he met while living in Chicago after returning home from WWII. From there he would go on to do cover art and cartoons for Playboy, eventually moving into a creative space for “A Man At His Leisure.” Whick made the good life a reality, allowing Neiman to travel the world and sketch some of the World’s greatest pop culture and sporting events. Those included Bobby Fischer and Boris Spassky’s world champion chess match, LeMans races, the Kentucky Derby, and numerous sports happenings of international relevance.
Leroy Neiman died yesterday in Manhattan at the age of 91. His memoir “All Told: My Art and Life Among Athletes, Playboys, Bunnies and Provocateurs,” was published this month. Check out a couple of his paintings below
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