- Signed in the plate
- Signed LeRoy Neiman
- Includes a certificate of authenticity from Centaur Art Galleries
Playing center for the NBA Champion Los Angeles Lakers, at 7′ 1″ and 315 pounds Shaquille O’Neal is arguably the most dominating player in basketball today. Neiman’s Shaq is massive, focused and determined, dominating the serigraph just as he does the basketball court. Powering his way through a thicket of defending arms, he is about to slam the ball through the hoop on the way to winning the 2000 NBA Championship. The image glows with the gold from the Lakers’ uniforms and of course the gold of being an MVP.
Narrating his serigraph, the artist says “It’s like slo-mo, when No. 34 looms up, surging out of a crowd under the basket, a huge Moby Dick-like whale, ball in hand, players falling on all sides in his wake, like so much foam. After sinking the basket he hangs on the rim, then releases his 300+ pounds and floats gracefully, arms waving like a bird’s wings, to the floor. Shaq doesn’t run like so many big men who chug like they have sore feet. He is swift, supple and can with accuracy throw the ball the length of the floor to a teammate who is down under the basket. Shaq’s versatility makes fans expect more from the game’s big men.”
Shaq joins the exclusive ranks of basketball greats immortalized by LeRoy Neiman. Like Michael Jordan, the current king of the court, Shaq is a must!
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.
Limited edition of 300
Signed pencil LeRoy Neiman, lower right
Includes a certificate of authenticity from Centaur Art Galleries
Museum quality archival (acid free) framing
DIM: 48 1/8″ H * 54″W
We return to one of Neiman’s most prized and beloved subjects, the great African 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!
The Big Five
LeRoy brings us back to one of his most exotic and exciting locales, the African Savannah. Not long ago, the artist undertook an extended bloodless safari to the wilderness of Kenya. Many of the resulting paintings and drawings appear in his marvelous book, LeRoy Neiman on Safari. The masterpiece of the trip is an enormous diptych on twin canvasses, each 6 feet tall and 12 feet wide. The featured serigraph is taken from the left half of the diptych, painted completely on location. The artist narrates his work:
“To set the stage for the painting drama, allow me to present the cast of characters starring the Big Five – the Lion, the Elephant, the Cape Buffalo, the Rhinoceros and the Leopard, plus cameos by the Cheetah, the Zebra and the Giraffe. A huge stomping bull elephant dominates the center area. With earth-shaking footfalls he cuts a swath through the tall grass, ears flapping full sail. He has rudely interrupted the post-dining naps of two passive, well-fed lions as the pachyderm’s pack follow their leader, plodding and swaying as they trail behind.
“To the left of the centerpiece elephant, an awe-inspiring, massive, prehistoric rhinoceros couple graze unconcerned, grunting and snorting. Their two-inch think hide is so rugged and weathered you’d think the ones your looking at right now are thousands of years old. You can be sure the cagey leopard, camouflaged overhead in his luxurious spotted coat, will not mess with the rhinoceros. With rhino, the idea is just to stay clear. “Behind the rhino is a trio of cheetah, the imperial feline. The passing parade of pachyderms has interrupted their conspiracy to ambush a zebra. To the right of the elephant, the frieze of zebra travel east to west. From this distance their bleatings cannot be heard, but their stripes make them highly visible. On the other side of looming Mt. Kenya are the distinctive, balletic giraffe. With their commanding view they are the snobbish overseers of the veldt. Finally, the cape buffalo are grazing dangerously close to the lions, assuming they are sated. They all face lionward. You just don’t turn your back, whatever the lion’s mood.”
Neiman collectors are sure to covet this spectacular serigraph, full of all the drama and vastness of the African plain.
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