FINE ART INVESTMENTS SINCE 1978
Title: "North Seas Sailing"
*Pencil Signed LR
Medium: Original Screenprint
Limited edition: 146/300
Image size: 20" x 28"
Sheet size: 26" x 33.75"
LeRoy Neiman, (LeRoy Joseph Runquist), American artist (born June 8, 1921, St. Paul, Minn.—died
June 20, 2012, New York, N.Y.), achieved tremendous popularity and commercial success through his
vividly coloured impressionistic paintings that documented public life. Neiman, who was best known
as a sports artist, worked with pen and ink, felt-tip markers, watercolours, and enamel house paint,
which he applied in rapid strokes. His flamboyant image, characterized by white suits, a huge
handlebar mustache, and an ever-present cigar, was as recognizable as his painting style. After serving
in World War II as a cook and a painter of stage sets, Neiman studied (1946–50) on the GI Bill at the
School of the Art Institute of Chicago and taught fashion illustration and figure drawing there during
the following decade. He also sketched for magazine fashion ads, but his big break came in 1954 when
Hugh Hefner recruited him for Playboy magazine. This began Neiman’s 50-year career as a pinup
illustrator. Neiman frequently sketched or painted while positioned on the sidelines of sporting
events, including Super Bowls and boxing matches. He covered the Olympics five times, beginning
with the 1960 Olympic Winter Games (Squaw Valley, Calif.), and was named an official artist for the
Winter Games in Lake Placid, N.Y. (1980), and in Sarajevo, Yugos. (now in Bosnia and Herzegovina;
1984), and for the 1984 Summer Games in Los Angeles. Incredibly prolific, Neiman also rendered
portraits of celebrities (including boxer Muhammad Ali, quarterback Joe Namath, maestro Leonard
Bernstein, and poet Marianne Moore) and historical events, including the 1980 Democratic National
Convention, for which he was the official artist. His memoir, All Told: My Art and Life Among
Athletes, Playboys, Bunnies, and Provocateurs, was published in the weeks before his death.