Publicist: Artist LeRoy Neiman, official painter of 5 Olympiads, dies in NY at age 91 - InfoNews

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Publicist: Artist LeRoy Neiman, official painter of 5 Olympiads, dies in NY at age 91

FILE - In this Nov. 13, 2003 file photo, New York Yankees pitcher Roger Clemens, right, talks to artist Leroy Neiman about baseball while signing limited edition serigraphs based on Neiman's painting "The Rocket," above, of Clemens on the mound in pinstripes, at Neiman's New York studio. Neiman, who is best known for his colorful and energetic paintings of sporting events, died Wednesday, June 20, 2012 in New York. He was 91. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens, File)
June 20, 2012 - 9:03 PM

NEW YORK, N.Y. - LeRoy Neiman, the painter and sketch artist best known for evoking the kinetic energy of the world's biggest sporting and leisure events with bright quick strokes, died Wednesday at age 91.

Neiman also was a contributing artist at Playboy magazine for many years and official painter of five Olympiads. His longtime publicist Gail Parenteau confirmed his death Wednesday but didn't disclose the cause.

Neiman was a media-savvy artist who knew how to enthrall audiences with his instant renditions of what he observed. In 1972, he sketched the world chess tournament between Boris Spassky and Bobby Fischer in Reykjavik, Iceland, for a live television audience.

He also produced live drawings of the Olympics for TV and was the official computer artist of the Super Bowl for CBS.

Neiman's "reportage of history and the passing scene ... revived an almost lost and time-honoured art form," according to a 1972 exhibit catalogue of the artist's Olympics sketches at the Indianapolis Museum of Art.

"It's been fun. I've had a lucky life," Neiman said in a June 2008 interview with The Associated Press. "I've zeroed in on what you would call action and excellence. ... Everybody who does anything to try to succeed has to give the best of themselves, and art has made me pull the best out of myself."

Neiman's paintings, many executed in household enamel paints that allowed the artist his fast-moving strokes, are an explosion in reds, blues, pinks, greens and yellows of pure kinetic energy.

He has been described as an American impressionist, but the St. Paul, Minnesota, native preferred to think of himself simply as an American artist.

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