The New #WearableArt Master Artists Series

In celebration of our 20th Anniversary, Robert Graham created a capsule collection of sport shirts and more featuring the iconic artwork of master artists Vincent Van Gogh and LeRoy Neiman. And look for Ryan McGinness to kick off 2021 as our 3rd artist in the Master Artists Series.

 

Each style intertwines elements from art world masterpieces with the attention to detail Robert Graham has become synonymous.

Vincent Van Gogh

After a string of career non-starts (teacher, preacher, bookseller), Dutch post-impressionist painter, Vincent Van Gogh, started his artistic journey at the age of 27. His younger brother, Theo, had recommended he pursue this path. Little did either of the brothers realize then the impact Van Gogh would make, changing the landscape of art history forever. Vivid colors and dramatic brushstrokes have become his signature across self-portraits, landscapes, still lifes and portraits. Van Gogh created over 2000 works of art, some that have become instantly-identifiable icons in their own right.

When Van Gogh moved to Paris his work became influenced by the city’s modern art scene and Japanese woodblock prints. The bold outlines, cropping and color contrasts in these prints showed up immediately in his new works. This artistic period is celebrated on many key pieces from the collaboration with Robert Graham, along with the painting Head of a Skeleton with a Burning Cigarette (1886) from Van Gogh’s brief time studying at the art academy in Antwerp in 1886.

LeRoy Neiman

From military cook to international art sensation, LeRoy Neiman began his career in the kitchens of the U.S. Army, where he also dabbled in creating mess hall murals and set pieces for Red Cross shows. With help from the GI Bill, Neiman attended School of The Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) and taught there for a decade after graduation.

Neiman’s big break came when he met then-copywriter Hugh Hefner who was about to launch a little magazine called Playboy. Thus began a 50-year spanning collaboration with the publication, during which Neiman created the popular and ironically women’s-rights-oriented, Femlin. Through the decades, he painted countless major figures in the arts, politics, and sports, including his friend, Muhammad Ali.

After a stint through France, Neiman landed in New York City in the 1960’s where he painted some of his most famous works inspired by the city’s energy, nightlife and architecture. These vivid and vibrant pieces influence the designs featured in the Robert Graham collection.

Ryan McGinness

Through paintings, sculptures, and installations, Ryan McGinness is a contemporary artist exploring a post-pop art world. His influences include graphic design, skate culture, and corporate branding, and often his works include techniques from each sphere — silkscreening, hard edges, icons and symbols, and vibrant color. The artist explores iconography through a satirical, subversive prism, stating, “nothing inherently has meaning. Meaning is projected and reflected which gives the illusion that things ‘have’ meaning. In that sense, meaning is like color.”

McGinness’ work can be found in the collections of The Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond, and the Cincinnati Art Museum, among others. Born in Virginia, he now lives and works in New York, NY.

Coming early 2021