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Thursday, July 12, 2012

About Leroy Neiman Part 2

After serving in the Army, Leroy Neiman attends the School of the Art Institute of Chicago on a G.I. Bill from 1946 - 1950 and focuses on liberal arts at the University of Illinois and the DePaul University in Chicago. He becomes a teacher at the Art Institute of Chicago in 1950 and teaches figure and fashion drawing until 1960.

Influenced by several artists such as Leonardo da Vinci, Rubens, Tintoretto, and Fragonard, he found his own style of painting in 1953 when using old cans of enamel paint. Working with these paints required fast-moving strokes and that is where Leroy found his calling and artistic abilities.

It was also during this period when in 1953 he came in contact with Hugh Hefner who commissioned an illustration for the fifth edition of Playboy. This resulted in a 50 year contribution of artwork for this magazine and a lot of recognition for Neiman and his work.

Leroy met and married Janet Byrne on June, 22, 1957 and took up residency in New York City, where they had their home across from Central Park for the rest of their lives. Neiman travels all over the world for his paintings, portraying all kinds of social, sports, and other entertainment events. He has no other hobbies but his work and never takes vacations. I am not sure if they had children, since no mention is made of any.

He even continues to work after the amputation of his right leg on April 2010. This was due to a vascular problem, but didn't slow him down one bit. Leroy Neiman passed away on June 20, 2012 in New York City at the age of 91.

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