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Traders Favorite Artist LeRoy Neiman Passes at Age 91

Posted: 06/20/12

By: tomgrisafi


Around the offices of Indiana Grain and TGA farms there is no shortage of works by famed artist and master of the canvas LeRoy Neiman.

Sadly, we have learned that the painter and sketch artist best known for capturing the magic of the world's biggest sporting and leisure events has passed away.

He was 91 years of age.

Veteran traders around the Chicago Board of Trade have enjoyed more than a few meals at Ceres. A magnet for the financial crowd, Ceres greets its entrants with the beautiful and inspired work of Leroy Neiman, an iconic artist who has captured on canvas the grandeur of the world's major financial exchanges and the frenetic yet majestic beauty of our industry at large.

Nieman's portrayal of the aging pits of the Board was one of the first works of art I ever purchased.

And I cherish it tonight more than ever.

As my own fascination with LeRoy Neiman has manifested into a growing collection of the man's work, I've gotten to know Robert Varner, owner of Doubletake Gallery in Burnsville, Minnestoa.

Doubletake Gallery is a fine art brokerage service that works with art collectors to locate specific pieces, and help them resell pieces that no longer fit their collections. Varner achieves this through his website, which has developed an impressive international Internet presence, and a retail gallery located near Minneapolis, Minnesota. At any one time, you can find works by LeRoy Neiman, Norman Rockwell, Salvador Dali, Peter Max, Erte, Andy Warhol and many, many others displayed on the web site and in his gallery.

Like myself, a burgeoning number of traders have developed a relatively newfound passion for art and, specifically, the works of LeRoy Neiman.

As with the passing of other greats in their respective artist fields, we can only hope that Mr. Neiman's work now be discovered and appreciated by future generations.

We at Indiana Grain and TGA Farms extend our condolences and best wishes to the Neiman family.

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Posted: 06/20/12

I met LeRoy at a Playboy cigar party about 10 years ago. He was very nice and signed my humidor. It is still one on the coolest things I own. TT


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