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LeRoy Neiman —
born on June 08, 1921,
died on June 20, 2012
LeRoy Neiman was an American artist known for his brilliantly colored, expressionist paintings and screen prints of athletes, musicians, and sporting events... (wikipedia)
Eating is one of the great beauties in life. One of my favorite recreations... eating with friends, the service, the ambience.
I had a go at changing history - maybe not all by myself - I fought at the battle of Normandy, I slogged through the Ardennes, and I celebrated the liberation of Paris on the streets with beautiful French girls throwing flowers at me. I said good-bye to my first true love and discovered what I really wanted to do with my life.
I have always said to young artists that scholastic training and the studying of art history are crucial to fully developing as an artist.
When I paint, I seriously consider the public presence of a person - the surface facade. I am less concerned with how people look when they wake up or how they act at home. A person's public presence reflects his own efforts at image development.
But 'Playboy' was liberating. I was drawn to it and went for it full throttle.