Raymond Knaub

1940, Gering, Nebraska –

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Raymond Knaub’s technically flawless landscape oil paintings speak to the viewer at a rare nonverbal level. It is a peaceful place where the visual meets the emotional where memories are easily evoked with a brush stroke. It is a place where our intuition tells us that the subtleties we view in nature are magical in their simplicities. Through his mastery of the medium, Raymond Knaub reminds us that we are all a part of this magic.

During high school in Nebraska, Knaub received no formal artistic training. Running and jumping hurdles occupied most of his time and provided him with an athletic scholarship to Baylor University in Waco, TX. While majoring in math and engineering, he happened to take drawing class. Within a year, he began to see the world with new eyes. He transferred to the University of Nebraska, majored in fine arts and graduated with a bachelor’s degree. After graduate school at the University of Colorado in Boulder, there came a point when he looked around the art world and wondered, among all of the styles and media he had explored in school, where his own artistic direction might lead him. “I asked myself, who am I, what kinds of paintings are real for me? I am a landscape artist, and when I thought of where I was reared and where my roots are –it’s rural” he explained.

He has always considered Edward Hopper and Andrew Wyeth among his earlist influences and like them, he has always been attracted to traditional themes. Knaub has been featured in many one-man shows throughout the Southwest. His work has been exhibited in many regional and national competitive shows such as the Coors National Western Exhibit Invitational in Denver, the Mountain Oyster Club Annual Show in Tucson. Watercolor USA, and the Allied Artist Annual in New York City. In June of 1996, the Museum of Nebraska Art featured Ray in a one-man show entitled Rural Wanderings.

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Raymond Knaub, Prairie Bees, oil on linen, 1996