LeRoy employed all of his famous techniques on this original work including layered paint color, brush and pallet knife.
The work was commissioned by Caesar's Palace and was on display in the hallway leading to their Poker Room. While at Caesar's, the work was under plexiglass (now removed) keeping it in immaculate condition while on public display.
Well known jazz players would frequently jam with other musicians at the Club Alabam. The Club was also known for its vaudeville acts, Rhythm and Blues, Southside or Creole Jazz, Classic violinists and Ragtime. You never knew what or who you might experience at the Alabam. Jazz got its roots from places like Club Alabam where Pianist James Fletcher Henerson played with Saxophonist Coleman Hawkins and the well know celebrity trumpet player Louis Armstrong.
Clearly one of Neiman's greatest works.
A limited edition serigraph was created from this beautiful oil entitled "Elephant Nocturne." Understandably, the edition sold out very quickly and became one of Neiman's best sellers. The Elephant Nocturne oil is one of the greatest works of Neiman's career.
A very popular limited edition of this work was released in 2007.
Portion of the proceeds go to the Peyton Manning Reading Camp.
Thurman Lee Munson (June 7, 1947 – August 2, 1979) was an American Major League Baseball catcher. He played his entire 11-year professional baseball career for the New York Yankees (1969–1979). A perennial All-Star, Munson is the only Yankee to win both the Rookie of the Year and Most Valuable Player awards.
Born in Akron, Ohio, Munson was selected as the fourth pick of the 1968 Major League Baseball draft. Munson hit over .300 in his two seasons in the Minor Leagues, establishing himself as a top prospect. He became the New York Yankees' starting catcher late in the 1969 season. Munson played his first complete season in 1970, and was voted A.L. Rookie of the Year after hitting .302.
Considered the "heart and soul" of the Yankees, Munson was named the first team captain since Lou Gehrig. He led the Yankees to three consecutive World Series appearances from 1976 to 1978, and two consecutive World Series championships in 1977 and 1978.
In 1979, Munson died at the age of 32 while practicing landing his Cessna Citation at Akron-Canton Airport. Munson suffered a broken neck as result of the crash, and his cause of death was asphyxiation. His two companions escaped the burned aircraft.
Water Lilies Suite consists of 6 works each signed and numbered. Media is mixed (giclee' and screen print) on paper. Edition size is 250 numbered and 50 Artist Proofs. Dimensions are 13" x 8."
LeRoy Neiman gives us a behind the scenes look before the legendary match up between Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier. Here Ali is training just days before the match in which he defeats Frazier in the 15th round. One can see the power and athleticism of Ali as he conditions for the colossal bout.
The Larry Holmes (The Eastern Assassin) vs. Gerry Cooney (The Gentleman) fight took place June 11th 1982 at Caesar's Palace, Las Vegas and was one of the most highly anticipated fights of the early 1980's. Holmes the WBC Heavy Weight Champion successfully defended his title against Cooney when in the 13th round he landed a punishing cross against Cooney and sent him into the ropes. Cooney's corner threw in the towel ending the bout.
It is this moment Neiman, who was in attendance, captured in this very special piece of boxing history. One can see the fatigue in Cooney's face as he most likely was debating his next move before others in his corner made the decision for him.
Daniel Joseph "Rusty" Staub (born April 1, 1944) is an American former Major League Baseball right fielder, designated hitter, and first baseman. He enjoyed a 23-year baseball career with 5 different teams. He was an original member of the Montreal Expos and that team's first star; though the Expos traded him after only 3 years, his enduring popularity led them to retire his number in 1993.
March 15, 1946 – August 23, 2003) was an American right fielder in Major League Baseball from 1968 to 1981, primarily with the San Francisco Giants. Noted for his outstanding combination of power hitting and speed, he was the first player to have more than two seasons of 30 home runs and 30 stolen bases, doing so a record five times (the record was matched only by his son Barry), and was the first to accomplish the feat in both major leagues; he became the second player to hit 300 career home runs and steal 300 bases, joining Willie Mays. Together with Barry, he is part of baseball's most accomplished father-son combination, holding the record for combined home runs, RBIs, and stolen bases. A prolific leadoff hitter, he also set major league records for most times leading off a game with a home run in a career (35) and a season (11, in 1973); both records have since been broken.
Celebrates the Chicago Cubs 2016 World Series Victory!
A Note from Tom:
It occurred to me recently, while laughing hysterically at my own reflection dancing uncontrollably around me on the four feet of colorful transparent Tahitian water, that the act of cracking up could be extremely visual. Depending on your own interest, the way you see things in the world, it can be extremely comical or emotionally uncontrolled and helpless.
“Cracking Up”, is a topographical autobiography of the beginning of the 21st century. In terms of a subject matter, the work consists of a self-portrait conveying my way of seeing them in the act of cracking up. I believe that cracking up has never excluded anyone, at least in some small way, so I have tried to invest a certain universality of feeling and meaning encouraging the viewer to become the portrait.
Finally, much of my past sixteen years have been spent in French Polynesia. Because of the light, you see more color, and thus, there is, more color in life there that influences the warmth of the mind maps that frame the figures Cracking up.
– Tom Everhart