Limited Edition Serigraph
Image Size: 35 1/4″ x 28″ (89.54 cm x 71.12 cm
A limited edition of 350 numbered impressions, 70 AP and 8 PP, signed by the artist.
Once more commissioned to create a special painting for a special event, Neiman was first approached by the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, and then commissioned by the United States Golf Associates to create the painting for the 102nd U.S. Open Golf Championship.
The U.S. Open is a unique championship because it is open to professionals and amateurs alike. Any amateur who qualifies can play right alongside the professionals. Unlike all 101 championships that came before it, the 102nd U.S. Open is the first ever to be played on a publicly owned and operated golf vourse. That course is the famed Black Course at Bethpage State Park on Long Island, New York. One of the last to be designed by legendary designer A.W. Tillinghast, the course recently had a year-long renovation to restore its original layout and make it an extremely difficult course.
Neiman’s serigraph captures the white-knuckle scene at the 72nd and last hole of the Open. With his standard meticulous attention to detail, Neiman has precisely placed the green, traps and pin. Against the background of the clubhouse and leaderboard, a linksman chips on to the last green before the huge gallery, silent and breathless with anticipation.
In the unveiling of the painting at a ceremony in Manhattan, New York Governor George Pataki said, “It is an honor to unveil this magnificent painting by LeRoy Neiman, whose art is loved by millions of people throughout America and around the world. LeRoy Neiman is a true master of portraying the highest points of human achievement through his spectacular artwork. This painting truly exemplifies the grandeur of Bethpage Black and the spirit of the U.S. Open.”