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.
One of the earliest ski resorts in the country, Aspen Mountain opened in 1947 with the world's longest ski lift. With dozens of challenging trails and runs up to three miles long, the area became a premiere international resort. The sophisticated clientele made Aspen tres chic, but it has also kept its roots as a small town in the American West. Europeans, accustomed skiing the Alps, easily mingle with Americans.
Neiman's painting of the Boat House Restaurant joins his depictions of many other fine dining establishments including, in New York alone, Tavern on the Green, Le Cirque, Balthazar, The 21 Club, Cafe des Artistes, Rao's and P.J. Clarke's.
The serigraph was released during festivities celebrating the 150th anniversary of the opening of Central Park. Print number 1 will be on permanent exhibition at Boat House Restaurant.
This serigraph portrays one of Neiman's favorite cafes, Chez Francis, located at the Place de l'Alma, starting point of the magnificent avenues George-V and Montaigne. The artist gives us a warm springtime elegant eating and drinking scene. Diligent waiters in black attend patrons intent on their conversations. New-leafed trees adorn the broad sidewalks. In the distance, the Eiffel Tower rises through a rich blue sky. And in the center, still bringing Parisians the news, is a kiosk with a poster announcing one of Paris's many cultural events, an exhibition of the work of the great early 20th century artist Fernand Le`ger.
Near the water's edge, a small group of friends have gathered with guitar and ukelele, playfully starting up an impromptu hula. The intense heat makes the beach glow like live coals while visitors annoint themselves with fragrant tanning oil and coconut butter. Bright sarongs recalling Dorothy Lamour compete with even brighter swimsuits, mumus and Hawaiian shirts. A rescue board on the beach stands ready to help swimmers, surfers, or windsurfers enjoying the pleasant waters of the bay. Other surf boards rest casually against the distinctive leaning palm trees which partially obscure glittering hotels. Near the base of one palm sits a spry, bearded figure with a cane, dressed white. The "old boulevardier," as Neiman refers to him, is a recurring figure who has appeared in "The Beach at Cannes," "Place de l'Opera" and several other serigraphs. This sage observer seems to represent much of the good life, a sort of alter ego for the artist. While the hot sands of Waikiki Beach are alive with activity, the cool green profile of Diamond Head can be seen in the distance. Like Koko Head and Punchbowl, Diamond Head is actually an extinct volcanic crater. It was believed to be the home of Pele, the Fire goddess, and got its name in the early nineteenth century when British soldiers mistook the volcanic crystals known as "Pele's tears" for diamonds. Leahi Point, 760 feet above the sea, juts aggressively into a swirling sky which shifts and shimmers with the vigorous action Neiman collectors have come to expect.
"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".
This is a scene embodying the excitement and action of pro football. From Neiman's position on the field, he was able to directly observe and experience the play seen in this image. His vivid display of the clashing bodies has added the auditory quality of being in the arena. According to the artist, this picture consists of five distinct planes: 1) The grouping of the players and their entangled bodies 2) The referee in his stripes charging towards the players 3) The players' bench with their coach seen in his signature sweater 4) The stadium itself, capped with tented canopies, which create a feeling and look of a medieval jousting match 5) The sky itself- overcast, low and as ominous looking as the players themselves In this classic Neiman football image the viewer can fell that he is in the middle of the action, and the decision to either run with the ball or pass is the viewers' as well. His experience becomes totally elasticized by the mystery of not knowing what the quarterback will do next.