I was an Excutive Director at Knoedler & Co, for 4 years 1979-1983 and was a marketing/PR driver for Le Roy Neiman graphics.. even though they were sold primarily thru Hammer Galleries (then owned by Dr Armand Hammer.] LeRoy would come to Knoedler's posh conference room to do a ritual signing of his work...the rituals were a great bottle of expensive champagne, and a primo Cuban cigar. On one side of the long conference table would be a pile of unsigned Neiman serigraphs, an edition of say, 100 ..that cost (then) about $30,000 to produce at the art print house. But then we'd pass a sheet to LeRoy and he would sign it with his flourish, and boom!, that art print edition was now worth $250,00 and up.. it was like printing money. LeRoy was always fun-loving and we had some rollicking times, such as going thru Central Park in a Hansom Cab..filled with friends, and of course, Veuve Clicquot. LeRoy and I had many a fine art chat, either at his studio or out on the town in NYC. When I produced for Knoedler a catalogue raisonné on Art from The Hermitage that Dr Hammer had arranged to bring over from St. Petersberg, Russia, LeRoy was most complimentary about my book for the gallery, even though he was not involved in that art opus. I then produced for NBC TV, a 1/2hour special on this art "The Legacy of Leonardo"... and LeRoy and I began to spark about doing an art film/TV show of his work.. but a year slipped by and I subsequently
left Knoedler. He was a work of art! Adrian Butash, Santa Barbara CA, butash2@gmail,.com
LeRoy changed my life forever in the most positive way. He and his art will live on. With love, Lynn
The first time I saw Leroy Neiman was on the Merv Griffin show I was about sixteen most guest's sit and talk after all it is a talk show but forever the consumate proffessional he made a portrait drawing of "Merv" on the spot on camera and answered questions talking about his life and work before millions of veiwers cool as can be. That made me realize that a life in art was an exciting, noble,respectable and lucritive
Proffession. Years later I met Janet and Mr. Neiman at an art opening @ the French Embassy
they were a class act. Several times after that I had the ubiqitous good fortune to run into them on occassion. I have long admired his artistry, success proffessionalism "hutzpa" & his ageless timeless creation Femlin. A seemingly tierless prolific one man industry I wish I had known him better, The soul of the artist burns eternal ever present and with generations to come. He left his mark on an era.
God Bless & keep you both.
REST IN PEACE KNOWING YOU PROVIDED SO MUCH JOY FOR SO MANY PEOPLE WITH YOUR ART. YOU HAVE BRIGHTENED OUR WORLD. YOU WILL BE REMMEBERED AS ONE OF THE 'GREATEST''
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
I have been a fan of Mr. Neiman's art for over 40 years. I got up the courage to call his studio about twenty years ago and was talking with a nice gentleman about Mr. Neiman's art and how much I was drawn to it and how it started my interest in painting. At the end of the 25 minute conversation I asked what his name was and he humbly said he was Leroy. I nearly dropped the phone. What a wonderful Man, Artist, and American he was! God Bless him! Gordon Cruickshank, Fairfax, VA
I have fond memories from 1975 of trying to convince Leroy Neiman that it would be a good idea for me to drive a van loaded with his paintings from NYC back to Saint Paul for a hometown exhibition. He was somewhat skeptical but he did very generously risk his treasures and we have not forgotten! Our condolences to all.
I have been out of touch for quite some time; however, just knowing that I must think of him as no longer occupying space on earth is so sad.
My condolences to family and friends,may you endure and comfort each one, and may the God of comfort, comfort all of you.
Talk about the Greatest of All Time! Ali has nothing on Sir LeRoy Neiman! A True Legend of the Art World! You will be dearly missed! JP
Mr Neiman used all of his God given senses to create beauty so we could all appreciate his blessings. May he rest in peace, Amen.
Rest in peace LeRoy-Please tell our friend Bill Hartack hi in heaven-We will always miss you,but never forget you my friend. Judge Eddie Sapir-fellow board member-Bill Hartack Charitable Foundation
May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.
My deepest sympathy to the family. Our heavenly Father is a refuge and strength for us during our distresses-Psalm 46:1. Erma L. Davis, Park Forest, IL.
I always looked forward to seeing his paintings of special moments of the athletes, animals and spectators at the sporting events he attended. He blessed us with his talent. He will be greatly missed, but not forgotten as his works of Art and Joy remain with us. Thank You Mr. Neiman and The Neiman Family.
Andrew Leventis, Ras Al Khair, Saudi Arabia, soon to be back home in Greenville, South Carolina.
Our hearts go out to you at this time and in the days ahead.
I first saw LeRoy's art back in the sixties. I was amazed and inspired. LeRoy Neiman's creative and passionate paintings kept me on the path of becoming an artist. We never met but he has always been present in spirit each time i picked up my brushes. LeRoy's parting shocked me and hurt my heart. I know that his studio is now flooded with Divine Light. My prayers are with his family and the spirit of LeRoy's genius will be with me all of my life.
i met Leroy while on assignment for the New York Times-i was drawing Muhammad Ali at Madison Square Garden..i was a terrified kid in the presence of this Master.he wrote me a letter,which i stll have-telling me how much he liked my art-it was the first of many opportunities to have Leroy in my life-in some 40 blessed years of enjoying both his friendship and his absolutely genius art, Leroy was always kind,funny,and full of life.. to watch him at work was pure joy... Love and Respect,Leroy-the world just lost a lot of color...always, Steve
To the family of Leroy Neiman may God give you comfort and peace by means of prayer - Philipians 4:6,7. My deepest sympathy
Our condolences to the Neiman Family~
Fabulous artwok Colors of many
with much shine polished and Brushed Bold colors with in sharp ART Work!
Dear Neiman Family and Friends, I am very sorry for your loss. As an artist, I promise to do my best to make each of you proud. Love and heartfelt condolences, G.
My sincere condolences to the family and dear friends. May God's promises bring you comfort at this time. - Psalm 46:1
My sincere condolences to the Neiman family.-Deut11:10
How fortunate we have been to live during the time and talent of LeRoy Neiman. His work created an emotion from within. Our blessing is to have his works to enjoy during our lives.
great artist he well be missed .his art well last for ever.my aunt had a life size painting of her that he painted.she passed a way also.now they will be together may they both rest in peace.
LeRoy Neiman was my favorite artist.I wrote several papers when I was in college. My favorite painting was the boxer M. ALI. Your contribution to higher learning will continue to thrive.
MY MENTOR, MY TEACHER, MY FRIEND
He determined my future, my career, my life. I owe it all to him. He not only taught me how to draw, what to draw, and how to sell and market it, tho I was never as successful as he was. For all that flamboyant personna he projected, he was a very honest and incredible draftsman and lovable personality. LeRoy, you will always be the very special and influential part of my life.
Janet, I posted this on Facebook on the SAIC notice.
My heart goes out to you.... I know what the past few weeks must've been for you. My prayers are with you and I will call you next week.
Now I miss you even more!
I'm so sorry Janet
Basia from Poland
I organized several lunches for LeRoy at Moose's on his San Francisco visits to his gallery here, the Franklin Bowles Gallery and worked with LeRoy on several projects in San francisco and New York over a period of years. But my favorite was talking LeRoy into painting a portrait of Washington Square in San Francisco. I believe it was one of the only portraits he did of a public park. My condolences to his wife Janet and his ever faithful companion Lynn.
Sorry to hear about the passing of LeRoy Neiman. During our first meeting with him at the Kentucky Derby Museum many years ago, he found out my wife was an artist. He took her aside and was telling her some of his trade secrets about how he painted. We will never forget that. The world has lost a true illustrator of life.
What a loss to the art community.
Leroy was a life long friend of my mother's Jacqueline Cryer, who herself passed away (3/11); sketching her several times over the years & painting a 1 1/4 size portrait , I'm sure that she was there to greet him upon his arrival; and it brings me some comfort knowing that she's now with one her dearest friends. Godspeed LeRoy.
janet i am so sorry for your lost you are in my prayers he was a wonderful man jim murphy (marge and vince son)
My prayers and thoughts are with the Neiman family during their time of loss.
Please watch over us and keep us safe. Amen
You inspired me to be an artist. Thank you and god bless. My thoughts and prayers are with your family. You are forever etched in my mind. Was blessed to have seen your art. I will never forget thank you for changing my life.
the world will miss you - may you rest in peace
To the the family of Leroy Neiman - May God give you peace and comfort through his word and the Lord Jesus Christ during this time of sorrow, I know that he will be missed by many.
...all I do have is a 1976 Burger King poster that I picked up in San Diego and have carried with me all these years! Maybe a little tattered but it may as well be an original because it has special meaning to me. The love of my life loved Leroy's work so much and there was no way I could afford an original so I had one of those posters mounted professionally as a meager gesture (after we attended a showing in San Francisco) and he got such a kick out of it that he hung it in his office and everyone commented on it and thought it was an original!! It was our private little thing...but meant as much to us as if it were an original!! I especially loved the painting he did for "Rocky"! So thanks for being a part of our lives and RIP...
I have many of his works, and I never tire of admiring them. My prayers are with him.
such a talent...with a very special place in my heart...
I am sad to hear of his passing. I met him many years ago in San Francisco, at one of his showing. Gentle man and what an artist. May the memories you have be a comfort to you at these times. Jeanine of Vallejo Ca.
I have so admired Mr. Neiman, I have a 1964 America"s Cup that I have had for over 30 Years and would never part with. He will be so missed and admired by so many for various means. God Speed Mr. Neiman
My condolences to the Neiman family. May your loving memories of Leroy and his amazing art contributions bring you great comfort give you great comfort during this difficult time.
Our sincerest condolence to Janet Nieman and family. I first met LeRoy at Tavern on the Green. He asked me to design his penthouse garden. As payment, I asked him to do a small sketch of my wife. He graciously agreed and produced a colorful portrait dedicated to the "To the Beautiful Gardener's Wife in the Garden of Eden." We love this work and admire it each day. But it is his kind spirit and generous soul that will be remembered always. It was a true honor to have met you both. Diana and I wish you peace and comfort during this difficult time.
Arthur and Diana Herman
May the peace of God surround his wife, family, and friends. Phil: Chpt 4 vs 4-9, Amen
God Bless and Keep You. Your paintings are inspirational
Another legend has passed from us. But, his legend will live forever.
A tremendous loss in American culture..
framing the events of my time.
The first time we met I was 16 years old.
You marked that occasion by drawing my portrait. What a gift. Little did I know then that my real gift from you was a lifetime of friendship.
When I was a boy all of my friends wanted to grow up to be all of the people in your paintings. I wanted to be the man that painted them.
God Bless you.
With deepest sympathy to the Neiman family during your time of grief...Psalm 46:1...God is for us a refuge and strength, A help that is readily to be found during difficult times...May God provide you with peace and comfort to endure the days ahead.
Please accept our deepest condolences. May the GOD of all comfort, comfort your family in this time of griief.
(IS. 25:8) ATLANTA, GA. '
Your work was wonderful; rest in peace
Thank you for your art.You made the world a better place..This is a sad day.
Sincere condolences and deepest sympathy in the loss of a gifted artist and wonderful human being. This is a sad day!
His art is pure energy and genius. I've been a fan for many years. I am saddened by his passing, but he will never be forgotten!
I own a Leroy Neiman painting and will treasure it always!
With deepest sympathy. May the
peace of God be with you.
R.I.P your memory will live on
Such a loss of someone that had such talent given by God. May the family take comfort in God and his word the Bible. John 17:3
I enjoyed your work for so many years. You will be truly missed. May you rest in peace knowing you left a positve mark on the world.
So sad to hear of Mr. Neiman's passing. My thoughts are with his family. I was lucky enough to have met him twice and have his signature on several items. When he signed his Derby and Oaks posters in 1997 at the old Deitrich's, he was also signing Playboy limited edition cigar boxes. Playboy's press rep was there and was kind enough to take a professional photo of Mr. Neiman and myself, even though he was there to take photos of the cigar boxes and Mr. Neiman. Mr. Neiman told me that they would mail the photo to me and they did. I felt like I was meeting royalty, yet he treated me like an old friend. He was extremely kind. I would trade my signed items to still have the 1976 Burger King posters of his Olympic paintings that year. It was my first experience with art that really meant something to me and it is why I continued to pursue my love of art. He was the Monet of the United States. I will continue to enjoy his original pieces at the Muhammad Ali Museum.
What a talent! May his family have many wonderful memories to treasure and bring some them joy now and in the future help ease the grief. 1 Peter 5: 7
I was fortunate to see an original mural every day when I went to work at Mercantile National Bank in Indiana. "Summertime Along Indiana Dunes" brightened each and every day.
It can be so hard to face the first year without your loved one, but the love of family and friends can carry you through.