LeRoy Neiman is arguably America’s most popular living artist. His unique talents have made his work so admired that he has brought art into the lives of millions of Americans.
In 1954, Neiman began his association with Playboy Magazine. Since 1960, he has traveled the world observing and painting leisure life, social activities and athletic competitions including the Olympics, the Super Bowl, the World Series, the Kentucky Derby, championship boxing, PGA and the Masters golf tournament, Wimbledon, and other Grand Slam competitions, as well as night life, entertainment, jazz, and the world of casino gambling.
Neiman has received five honorary doctorates and numerous awards, a recent Lifetime achievement award from the University of Southern California, an induction into the International Boxing Hall of Fame, and proclamations and citations. Most recently he has received The Order of Lincoln on the 200th birthday celebration of Abraham Lincoln given by The Lincoln Academy of Illinois.
LeRoy Neiman has authored twelve books of his art. A documentary on his jazz painting, “The Big Band,” had its world premiere in Los Angeles, February 2009. His work is in the permanent collection of the Smithsonian, the Whitney Museum, the Brooklyn Museum, the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, the State Hermitage Museum in Russia, Wadham College at Oxford and in museums and art galleries the world over, as well as in private and corporate collections.
BARTENDER Magazine is humbled to have the great LeRoy Neiman paint an original piece for the cover of our Spring issue.