Leroy Neiman on Safari

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This new book by one of America's most prolific and popular artists records in vibrant, colorful images the animals, landscapes, and people LeRoy Neiman encountered during his African "painting safari." For the first time in book form, Neiman depicts life in the wild with the same curiosity and intensity that he has brought to sports and social subjects over the past half-century. His brilliant palette and candid prose bring into sharp relief the mannerisms and attitudes of the wild, independent creatures he encountered while in Africa.
In sections devoted to the "Big Five" (Lion, Elephant, Cape Buffalo, Rhinoceros, and Leopard) and "Animal Land" (Zebra, Giraffe, Baboon, Monkey, Warthog, Cheetah, Wildebeest, and Hippopotamus), readers are introduced to these animals in their natural habitat as they move, meet, graze, hunt - or sometimes just rest in the tall grass.
Afterward, readers visit the artist's camp and "Maasai Land," where the elegant men and women of this region pose and dance for him in their proud array.

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Neiman's sojourn in the Kenyan savannah yielded plenty of material for his trademark party-colored canvases--lion, elephant, cape buffalo, rhino, cheetah, and the like--creatures who emerge here from a throng of oily daubs, drips, and palette knifings. But these works feel almost too spontaneous, as if dashed off in an obligatory manner. More satisfying are the pen-and-ink and sepia works, which are less self-conscious and display a more fluid and less facile line. Here he captures both aura and gesture: a splay- legged giraffe grazing on grass, a toe-stepping warthog, zebras at full tilt. There are plenty of photos of the man himself-- schmoozing with the Maasai, communing with rhinos, forever sketching--to punctuate the predictable text, which features a lot of huffing and puffing about the mingled fantasy and danger one encounters in a sweeping landscape, before, of course, one toddles back to camp for champagne and fois gras. (100 color illustrations) -- Copyright ©1997, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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