About this Piece
Printing, especially serigraphy, was LeRoy’s most prolific medium. During his busiest time period, Neiman printed an average of six serigraphs per year. The works were printed in limited edition runs by hand in New York City at several print shops through the years, namely at BrandX. Serigraphs or silkscreens are created one color at a time and sometimes have up to 60 layers of color per print. The serigraphs are recognizable by the artist’s signature primary color palette and expressionist style. Neiman also used printing techniques like monoprinting, etching, lithography.
LeRoy moved easily through social circles and situations, giving him access to numerous famous personalities. He built a reputation as the people’s artist by creating sketches of athletes, celebrities and musicians. However, his connections stretched far beyond the art world. Neiman painted prominent politicians via his position as the official artist of multiple Democratic National Conventions and his travels to Havana with members of Congress to meet with and draw President Fidel Castro. LeRoy drew who he knew, who he met and who he saw; from a busboy at a restaurant to a world renowned musician to the mayor of New York.