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    Larger than life early masterpiece from the heir to Neiman's throne

    1982 Magic Johnson Original Painting by Stephen Holland. Though his distinctive style, which falls somewhere in the zone between impressionism and expressionism, might occasionally reveal some influence by the legendary Neiman, we name Holland as the heir to Neiman's throne due to his undeniable skill and the ever-strengthening market for his works. Holland is likewise present in major collections both public and private and widely sought after for commissioned work, further strengthening the comparison. But like any great artist, Holland has found his own aesthetic voice, and we see the evidence in this impressive gouache and charcoal on paper.

    The subject is the man named as the greatest NBA point guard of all time by ESPN in 2007, the face of the great Los Angeles Lakers dynasty of the 1980's. The work finds the legend engaged in his second of five NBA Championship seasons, one of three in which he earned the distinction of Finals MVP. The thick brush strokes supply a kinetic energy to the piece that brings back the excitement of this golden age of NBA competition. Holland boldly signs and dates the piece "1982" at lower edge of the 38x55" work, dimensions that are slightly expanded by a simple yet effective framing under glass. Third party shipping required.

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    February, 2014
    22nd-23rd Saturday-Sunday
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