“Home Run Blast”
DIM: 28″ H * 25 1/4″W
“Home Run Blast”
DIM: 28″ H * 25 1/4″W
Centaur Galleries proudly announces LeRoy Neiman’s release for November, 2003, the limited edition serigraph entitled “The Rocket – Roger Clemens”. The serigraphs are hand-signed by both the artist and the athlete.
Widely considered to be the most intimidating and dominating pitcher of his generation, “The Rocket” retired in 2003 at the top of his game. Apart from his intense competitive spirit, which occasionally led to some conflict and controversy, Clemens’ disciplined work habits kept him throwing fastballs at 90+ mph at 41 years old, an age considered ancient for baseball pitchers. In his 20th and last season in the major leagues, he helped bring the New York Yankees to the World Series for the fourth time in his career, and also accomplished two historic achievements. First, with his 17 regular season wins, he reached 310 lifetime wins, giving him a place in the elite 300 Wins Club along with only 20 other pitchers. That made him only the third pitcher in the last 50 years to win as many 17 games in his final season. Also, his 190 regular season strikeouts brought his lifetime strikeouts to 4,099, placing him second in all-time strikeouts behind fellow Texan, Nolan Ryan. Clemens also has a record six Cy Young Awards, and he was named to the All-Century Team in 1999. His membership in the Baseball Hall of Fame is all but a certainty.
In the featured serigraph, Neiman depicts Clemens in a half-length portrait, reaching back and preparing to deliver his pitch. As always, Neiman has devoted exquisite attention to detail in the precise crook of the arm and the posture of the hands. In the pitcher’s visage we see his legendary determination and intensity. Neiman likens his own works habits to the discipline of Clemens, and the artist said he welcomed the opportunity to depict, in his own unique style, The Rocket and his distinctive delivery.
In commemoration of his retirement, collectors will be sure to acquire “The Rocket – Roger Clemens”, the latest addition to LeRoy Neiman’s personal Baseball All-Star team, which already includes Babe Ruth, Joe DiMaggio, Mickey Mantle, Whitey Ford, Sandy Koufax, Mark McGwire and Mike Piazza.
LeRoy Neiman (1921-2012)
Knoedler Publishing’s February, 1999 release is LeRoy Neiman’s limited edition serigraph entitled Mark McGwire.
The print pays tribute to Mark McGwire of the St. Louis Cardinals, who hit 70 home runs in the 1998 baseball season, shattering the previous record of 60 held by the legendary Roger Maris. The sport of baseball has reaffirmed its place as America’s pastime, largely thanks to the home run-smashing Mark McGwire, portrayed here by LeRoy Neiman.
Says the artist,
“When I decided to paint Mark McGwire, I intended to do a three feet by four feet painting, which is a proportion I tend to favor. Once into the work, I realized I couldn’t possibly contain a man of his majestic size and strength and accomplishment within that space. So I switched to four feet by six feet. I then chose to do a three-quarter-length space-filling figure, which bursts out of even that larger area.
“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.
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