Published 2011. Limited Edition Serigraph. Dimensions 29 x 39. Numbered 250 pieces. Signed and numbered by LeRoy Neiman. Press Realese:
LEGENDARY ARTIST LEROY NEIMAN PAYS TRIBUTE TO GOLF'S PREMIER EVENT BY COMMEMORATING 39th RYDER CUP WITH A CLASSIC PAINTING
Internationally acclaimed artist LeRoy Neiman has created a vibrant image to commemorate the 39th Ryder Cup, to be contested in September 2012 at Medinah (Ill.) Country Club, a classic artwork that also reflects a love of Chicago as much as the most compelling event in golf.
Neiman's Ryder Cup artwork captures the drama of the biennial competition between the finest golfers representing the United States and Europe as the teams tee off in the pivotal Sunday singles matches. The painting features Medinah's legendary Byzantine-style clubhouse and signature putting green full of activity and anticipation of the unfolding scene. The original painting measures 4' x 6', and its scale is a testament to its subject matter.
Neiman also was the artist for the 2008 Ryder Cup at Valhalla Golf Club and was so taken with the pageantry and stirring drama of the United States team's unprecedented victory that he readily agreed to paint Medinah. The 2012 Ryder Cup is the first new commission Neiman has accepted and it underlines the strong international appeal of golf's premier event as well as his longstanding fondness and ties to Chicago.
"To have a chance to paint Medinah Country Club and to give something back to the city of Chicago where I have so many great friends and fond memories," says Neiman, "is truly an honor and inspired me to create a monumental painting."
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LeRoy Neiman was born in St. Paul, Minnesota and studied at the Art Institute of Chicago, De Paul University, and the University of Illinois. He taught at the Art Institute of Chicago's school for ten years. Neiman moved to New York City in 1963 when he had his first one-man show at the Hammer Gallery. He then continued to portray the people and events of the world he knew best, or which intrigued him most. His best-known works are sports scenes, a reflection, he believes, of the fact that sports are universally a dominant force. He was the official artist for ABC-TV at the Olympic Games in 1972 and 1976, and at the Winter Olympics of 1980. Neiman's work has been exhibited in galleries and museums throughout the world, including the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. and the Hermitage in Leningrad. Some people will pronouce his name wrong and spell it Nieman, but we know who they are talking about.
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