The painting features each of the eight equestrian sports that comprise the World Equestrian Games, illustrated in Neiman's style of brilliantly-colored, energetic imagery. As the Official Commemorative Artist of the 2010 Games, creating the piece was a return to a subject, and a place, with which Neiman has had a lifelong love.
Best known for his images of sporting events and leisure activities, LeRoy Neiman is considered one of the most popular living artists in the United States. He has been the official artist of five Olympics, four Super Bowls, as well as the Breeders' Cup and the Kentucky Derby. He has most recently been in Kentucky to attend the 37th Ryder Cup at Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville and was the Official Commemorative Artist for that prestigious event. Neiman was commissioned as the Official Artist of the 2010 Games and began research on the work in October of 2007.
"The horse has always been a favorite subject of mine, from the work horse to racehorses," said Neiman. "Kentucky is horse country, where this noble animal is prominent and appreciated. It has been a joy to paint the eight different disciplines for the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games. I'm looking forward to attending in 2010 with sketchbook in hand."
The painting will initially be stored and displayed at the International Museum of the Horse at Lexington's Kentucky Horse Park, the site of the 2010 Games. A traveling schedule for the painting is in development. In addition, Cobalt Artworks of Louisville, Kentucky hopes to present a retrospective exhibition featuring Mr. Neiman's collection of equestrian work in downtown Lexington during the 2010 Games.
"When it comes to sports, and particularly sport in America, Leroy Neiman has been an icon for more than a half century. We are extremely pleased and honored to know that he will now be represented in our collections," said Bill Cooke, Curator, "A Gift from the Desert" exhibition and "The Arabian Horse Galleries".
"That his wonderful painting depicts all aspects of the most significant event in the history of the Kentucky Horse Park makes this even more special." "Having a LeRoy Neiman painting is a special achievement for any sporting event, and we are honoured that the 2010 Games will be another great canvas to join his great body of work," said John Long, Chairman of the World Games 2010 Foundation Board of Directors.