Artist LeRoy Neiman dies at 91
June 20th, 2012
11:34 PM ET

Artist LeRoy Neiman dies at 91

American artist LeRoy Neiman, known for his handlebar mustache and his portrayals of athletes, has died in New York, his publicist said. He was 91.

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  1. Mjritter

    I had no idea he was that old!! I have several signed serriographs and prints by him...

    June 20, 2012 at 11:43 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Obama Mama

    Dang he does look good for 91. Great genes.

    June 20, 2012 at 11:54 pm | Report abuse |
  3. EPed

    Very ironic that this week's Pawn Stars featured one of his paintings and even referenced that it would be more valuable as soon as he died.

    June 21, 2012 at 12:00 am | Report abuse |
    • NAUI DIVER

      Saw the same show ... mmm ... could Cory have connections? Needless to say, the guy was a great talent.

      June 21, 2012 at 12:13 am | Report abuse |
    • nathanielwade

      That is only ironic in the Alanis Morrissette way. Simply a coincidence, not irony. Perhaps English class wasn't your strong suit?

      June 21, 2012 at 1:14 am | Report abuse |
  4. bmet01

    Damn another legend gone i loved Leroy Neimans work and he did look good in that photo i wonder how old he was when it was taken.RIP Mr Neiman

    June 21, 2012 at 12:05 am | Report abuse |
  5. Russ

    Evidently, he is the second most known artist in American. Probably the most famous is Thomas Kinkade, the painter of cute little cottages. Now they are both gone. So sad. So sad. It's a sad sad situation.

    June 21, 2012 at 12:06 am | Report abuse |
    • ArtInChicago

      Comparing Kinkade to Neiman, is like comparing fast food to a Michelin rated restaurant.

      June 21, 2012 at 12:14 am | Report abuse |
    • Lewy

      Kinkade drank himself to death.

      June 21, 2012 at 1:14 am | Report abuse |
    • Sunny D

      More likely Norman Rockwell than kincaide!

      June 21, 2012 at 6:48 am | Report abuse |
  6. MeatyPortion

    I have no idea who this man is.

    June 21, 2012 at 12:08 am | Report abuse |
    • ArtInChicago

      You would lose Jeopardy!

      June 21, 2012 at 12:12 am | Report abuse |
    • Kendall

      He's famous for paintings of Muhammad Ali and Rocky that looks like a bunch of dots put together when you look very closely and is completely visible from a normal viewing distance.

      June 21, 2012 at 1:41 am | Report abuse |
  7. ArtInChicago

    Amazing piece he did, encapsulating each day of the Montreal Olympics live during the TV broadcasts. Thank you for sharing your talents with us Mr. Neiman.

    June 21, 2012 at 12:17 am | Report abuse |
  8. Myeshia

    What no mention of the Femlin artwork from Playboy! R.I.P.! Amazing works.

    June 21, 2012 at 12:23 am | Report abuse |
  9. B Overby

    I've met him several times at certain galleries ( Franklin Bowles in San Francisco ) and own several of his pieces, and I love the fact I own several of his pieces, but I'm so sad to hear of his passing......a true gentleman he was......

    June 21, 2012 at 12:27 am | Report abuse |
  10. Lea Walker

    An absolutely incredible talent. His work was simply alive with color and simply beautiful. My favorite, the race horses... amazing.... R.I.P. to a real Master of his trade. My condolences to his surviving family and friends. My childhood sweetheart had many of his paintings on the walls of his condo in Palos Verdes, CA...

    June 21, 2012 at 12:39 am | Report abuse |
  11. OMAD

    Sports figures knew they made it when painted by LeRoy, no artist today exists with that power. I will miss his work.

    June 21, 2012 at 12:47 am | Report abuse |
  12. Lewy

    LeRoy was the best, and will always be the best.

    June 21, 2012 at 1:11 am | Report abuse |
    • Tom Jankowski

      I agree. He was very very original. Very good.

      June 21, 2012 at 1:55 am | Report abuse |
  13. Rick Crist

    Great artist with universal appeal. I always loved his work.

    June 21, 2012 at 1:37 am | Report abuse |
  14. Femlin Fan

    Perhaps best remembered by my generation as the creator/artist of the "Femlin," the cartoon drawings of a naked woman appearing on the "Playboy's Party Jokes" page of every issue of Playboy

    June 21, 2012 at 1:38 am | Report abuse |
  15. The One Who Knows

    His work, while displaying SOME talent, were visual nightmares that were neither creative nor jejune. It overloaded the eyes with the vertical mishmash of colors and aimless strokes that rendered the "artwork" unpalattable. Obvious and consistent with the talent of the gender, as opposed to the magnificent work of renound female artists.

    Those who disagree will only illustrate my point.

    June 21, 2012 at 8:20 am | Report abuse |
    • Pompous Snobbery

      Oh, I agree. (Eye Roll)
      Is today's word on your little calender "jejune"?

      June 21, 2012 at 4:12 pm | Report abuse |
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