LeRoy Neiman, Artist Who Brought His Lively Canvases to Television
Neiman's bright colors and accessible themes contributed to his widespread popularity, which
LeRoy Neiman, an artist whose colorful, kinetic paintings of the sports world and other male-friendly subjects brought him wealth and fame died June 20, 2012, in New York City. He was 91.
Neiman achieved such renown for his coverage of sporting events that he often appeared on television during coverage of such events as the Olympics, Super Bowls and boxing matches, during which he would sketch and paint the action taking place.
In the catalogue for the the exhibition of Neiman's 1972 Olympics sketches at the Indianapolis Museum of Art, Carl J. Weinhardt wrote, "Before the camera, such reportage of history and the passing scene was one of the most important functions of painters and draftsmen of all sorts. Mr. Neiman has revived an almost lost and time-honored art form."
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