Welcome downtown for an Art Walk at The Frame & I. We will be hosting a Memorial Evening for Robert Knudson, to remember his friendship, his life, and his artwork! Refreshments will be served during the event on September 22, 2023, 5-7pm.
Robert Knudson, better known as “Bob”, was an accomplished artist!
Here is a short biography from the website www.robertknudson.com
A native Minnesotan, Robert Knudson took his formal art training at the Minneapolis College of Art & Design, graduating in 1950. The world of advertising art, color photography, and business management occupied some thirteen years of his life. In September 1957, only a month after his first visit to the Southwest, Bob moved his family to Arizona. He worked in the business sector for some years, but in 1963, the overwhelming desire to paint ultimately brought him back to his first love to make a full commitment to his art. “I had to do it,” Bob explained. “Everything the Southwest represented to me cried out for painting.”
Working in oils, acrylics, watercolors, and pastels throughout his long art career, Bob used them to express his passion for vibrant beauty and color of southwest landscapes. His work is characterized by luminous color and superb mastery of media and subject.
Besides developing his own craft, Knudson has shared his knowledge and experience as an instructor of both classes and private students.
Bob has shown his work in galleries in Arizona, Wyoming, New York, Texas, and New Mexico. His work has appeared in publications such as Arizona Highways, Southwest Art, and Western Art Digest, and can be found in major collections through the United States, both private and corporate. Biographical reviews include Who’s Who in American Art, Who’s Who in the West, and others.
Here are some more examples of his artwork:
A little more information about Bob from the website www.robertknudson.com:
Bob Knudson painted the western landscape since 1963. His work is well known among lovers of western art through many showings in art galleries across the west.
He was noted for his innovative use of the medium of pastels, but was equally at home in acrylics, watercolors, and oils.
Love of painting and love of the west was Bob’s strong motivation and highest pleasure. From the deserts of Arizona to the mountains of Wyoming, his art expresses the clean grandeur and validity of Nature apart from Man’s influence.
While Knudson’s approach to painting was representational, his approach to his subject matter was interpretive. “A painting should reveal the distillation of something in the spirit of the artist,” he noted. “Not just what I see, but what I feel about what I see. Not just to report in an artistic way, but to interpret creatively what most moves me about a moment and place in time.”