Neiman has created an imaginative vision of America's 1984 gold medalists. Juxtaposed against a panoply of vividly painted national flags and a sprawling Los Angeles at the bottom of the composition are America's own golden athletes in action-- leaping, diving, swimming, running, etc. Specifically depicted are: Greg Louganis- executing one of his graceful and award-winning dives. Steve Hegg- cycling for the Gold Tiffany Cohen-splashing her way to victory Edward Moses-coming off a hurdle as quick as mercury Mark Breland- furthering his knock-out career by doing his best Joan Benoit- a champion of endurance and tenacity Evelyn Ashford- courageously recovering from hamstring injuries and brilliantly maintaining her sprinting superiority Mitch Gaylord- soaring in the upper right part of the image Carl Lewis- star of the Olympics, seen completing his classic jump in the center of this image. Lewis truly measured up to his own and his country's expectations Mary Lou Retton- America's sweetheart and the darling of the games- displaying her explosive power and graceful movements.
We return to one of Neiman's most prized and beloved subjects, the great big cats. In Family Portrait, Neiman captures the expression and likeness of the three greatest felines - the lion, tiger and leopard. The serigraph depicts these animals in full command, respected and admired for their nobility in the cat family. To quote Neiman on each of these magnificent creatures:
"The lion is the undisputed king of the jungle and leads a life free of threat. The King of beasts is royalty purring or growling. The leopard, strictly upper class, is the most elegant of the larger felines - a graceful and slick nocturnal stalker with a distinctive, handsome round head. The tiger, the largest cat, is fast and agile; they are all awesome, beautiful creatures."
Family Portrait is a crowning homage to Neiman's portrayal of the vast animal kingdom, and salutes such masterpieces as Portrait of the Lion, Portrait of the Tiger, and Portrait of the Leopard. His use of color in Family Portrait captures the excitement, energy, and vastness of the African wilderness. For any Neiman collector or animal lover, Family Portrait is a must!
"McGwire is shown just after clouting another home run. His massive chest, arms and hands fill the center of the image, and his sharp eyes are following the ball as it rockets out of the stadium. Reds and pinks convey his tremendous health and strength. The golden background is meant to suggest something of his character, which is so honest, generous, positive and confident.
"I did the painting over a period of time between his 55th and 70th home runs. Working on the painting while following his unbelievable progress every day in the newspapers and on TV was very different and exciting for me. I think that helped to make a print that is very energetic and powerful."
With his portrait of Mark McGwire, LeRoy Neiman makes his own contribution to the legend of the man who has given so much to baseball.
On this commemoration of the one hundred and twenty second anniversary of the Statue of Liberty, Neiman's dynamic brush stroke and vibrant color palette encapsulates the essence of Liberty. What Emma Lazarus emblazoned in words on the pedestal of the great statue, "Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free", the enduring hopes and dreams that universally proclaim freedom, all this is symbolized in Neiman's riveting PORTRAIT OF LIBERTY.
Dedicated on October 28, 1886 the statue was a gift from the people of France to the people of the United States in recognition of the friendship established during the American Revolution. The idea was conceived in 1865 at a dinner party near Versailles, France. The honored guest was the sculptor Frederic Auguste Bartholdi who was then commissioned to design the sculpture.
In 1986 Neiman pictured the statue with his celebrated sold-out centennial edition serigraph, "Lady Liberty". Now, LeRoy Neiman has chosen to portray this colossal bust of just the head and crown, a beacon of freedom proclaiming to the world, "life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness".