Artist: Leroy Neiman
Medium: Original Drawing
Size: 12.5" x 11"
Framing: 22" x 21"
LOA from PSA/DNA and full LOA from SGC see photos
Beautifully and professionally frames sparing no expense to match the colors George's Alma Mater, The Chicago Bears. Circa 1970 George Halas Sketch by Leroy Neiman, Signed by Neiman. No artist has ever captured iconic athletes and sports events quite the way Leroy Neiman did. The artist came to full bloom in the 1970's and his colorful paintings and flamboyant attire were a perfect fit for the times.
A co-founder of the NFL and founder of the Chicago Bears, the iron-willed and no-nonsense George Halas had a profound effect on both that lasts to this day, more than thirty years after his death. While the Papa Bear wasn't quite the fashion plate that Neiman was, he was known to be a colorful linguist at times.
As a young artist, Neiman had once snuck onto the gridiron at Wrigley Field where the Bears were playing at the time to sketch the players. While a security guard was about the throw him off the field, Halas came over, took a look at his sketchbook and emphatically announced "He stays!"
Perhaps that early encounter prompted Neiman to produce the original pencil on paper artwork on offer here. It depicts Halas in three poses, pointing and conferring with a player, with the notations "Turn on the lights, Halas" and "Halas." Signed at the bottom by the artist. Matted and framed 20.5x19" (12..25x10.25" visible in frame). Wonderful. Full LOA from PSA/DNA. Full LOA from SGC.
LeRoy Neiman (June 8, 1921 - June 20, 2012)
Born and raised in St. Paul, Minnesota, Neiman studied briefly in St. Paul before moving to Chicago to study at the School of Art Institute of Chicago where he also taught for 10 years before moving to New York City in 1962. Leroy Neiman is probably the most popular painter and print maker in America. He is one of the few artists of the 20th century whose name has become a household word in millions of American homes. Best known for his brilliantly colored, stunningly energetic images of sporting events and leisure activities, LeRoy Neiman is probably the most popular living artist in the United States. His art is unique. It stands alone, without any real comparison. It is an art which has become controversial because Neiman has broken the barriers of many of the most hallowed assumptions of modern art history and contemporary criticism. It is an art that is loved by millions of people throughout America and around the world. Through his art, Neiman has explored contemporary leisure, all the pastimes and places people enjoy, and particularly the world of sports and the world of entertainment. LeRoy Neiman's style explodes with the dramatic intensity of Abstract Expressionist brush strokes, strokes that pick out action that is strikingly accurate. This unique combination is so appealing that Neiman has brought art into the lives of more people than most post-war American artists put together. Since 1970 LeRoy Neiman has published hundreds of limited edition serigraphs which have become as much sought after as the prints of Miro, Chagall and Picasso. He has travelled and exhibited worldwide, from Moscow to Tokyo to Caracas. He has many published books, and has been honored with many awards for his art. His work is in the permanent collections of many museums including the Baltimore Museum of Fine Art, and Minneapolis Institute of Arts, the Museo de Bellas Artes in Caracas, the Hermitage in Leningrad, and the Art Institute of Chicago