Golf News for Friday, May 13, 2011 | Others

LeRoy Neiman painting to commemorate 39th Ryder Cup unveiled

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. -- 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. This 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."

Best known for his brilliantly colored, stunningly energetic paintings of sporting events and leisure activities, Neiman is one of the few contemporary artists whose name has become a household word. He is a true American cultural icon. Golf holds a special fascination for Neiman, because, in his words, "You can't help but be inspired by these talented players competing in such beautiful natural settings. It's a total experience, a constantly changing drama."

An instructor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago for 10 years early in his career, after studying there himself as a young art student, Neiman first gained wide recognition for his work with Hugh Hefner as a contributing artist for Playboy in the 1950's and 1960's, traveling the world and sketching signature events.

Millions of people have watched Neiman at work on location at such diverse events as the Olympics, Super Bowl, Kentucky Derby, and all four of golf's major championships, sketchbook in hand, producing split-second records and highly developed images of what he is witnessing.

His appearances in several of the Rocky films and his nearly 50 year artistic relationship with Muhammad Ali are among other career highlights. He has donated scores of his artworks to charitable causes and organizations, and in 1995, Neiman gave the School of the Arts at Columbia University a gift of $6 million to create the LeRoy Neiman Center for Print Studies.

Many of Neiman's images of what he calls "the good life," have been exhibited in major art galleries and are included in the permanent collections of public and private museums and other institutions worldwide.

The Official Ryder Cup Artwork will consist of a limited edition serigraph, signed and unsigned commemorative poster editions, note card sets, invitations and postcards. Managing Director Ben Isaacs of Cobalt Artworks has worked closely with Neiman for over 15 years, and Neiman is involved in every aspect of the creation and production of the Official Ryder Cup artwork. For more information about the 2012 Official Ryder Cup Artwork please call (888) 450-2008 or visit

About Cobalt Artworks
Cobalt Artworks' mission is to secure prestigious national and international rights, licenses and commissions for art-related projects and promotions. Cobalt Artworks is headquartered in Louisville, Ky., and has published official commemorative artwork for the Ryder Cup, PGA Championships, Kentucky Derby, Breeders' Cup and the Olympics.

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