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Leah Knecht | Multi-Disciplinary Artist

Leah Knecht has been creating art for many years. She is an Alumni of the world-renowned Art Center College of Design, and has continued to master many techniques and mediums throughout her career.

Mixed-Media Dimensional Paintings. This art contrasts two-dimensional and three-dimensional, by combining representational painted surfaces with found objects.

Assemblages and Sculptures. This is a fairly new addition to Leah’s artistic output, executed in her unique, meticulous style. 


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ABOUT:

I grew up in Pasadena, CA, which has influenced my aesthetic in many ways, both as subject for paintings, and my love of classic architecture. I earned my BFA from the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, where I graduated with Distinction. My major was illustration, so I am drawn to a narrative approach in my fine art.

I subsequently worked in creative fields for 15 years, and taught oil painting for 6 years. During that period, there was very little time to devote to art making, but I did create a series of large format paintings, some taking a year to complete. These were an outlet for my particular style, and love of constructing tangible objects. I incorporated discards as a way to recycle and to reinforce certain themes within the art.

After finally leaving the corporate world, I have been able to resume creating art on a more consistent basis. Having the experience of working in a variety of industries for 26 years has renewed my passion for creating my own art, and brought about the desire to share it with the public.

– – Leah Knecht

Education:

B.F.A. – ART CENTER COLLEGE OF DESIGN – Graduated with Distinction.

A.A. – PASADENA CITY COLLEGE – Emphasis in art and design.____

Leah Knecht | Multi-Disciplinary Artist

Leah Knecht has been creating art for many years. She is an Alumni of the world-renowned Art Center College of Design, and has continued to master many techniques and mediums throughout her career.

Mixed-Media Dimensional Paintings. This art contrasts two-dimensional and three-dimensional, by combining representational painted surfaces with found objects.

Assemblages and Sculptures. This is a fairly new addition to Leah’s artistic output, executed in her unique, meticulous style. 

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ARTIST STATEMENT:

My work can be described as a cross between painting and assemblage, or paintings that incorporate actual objects and ephemera. I like the tactile quality that it brings to my work, and the history or meaning of these objects compliment the painted or mixed media surfaces.

I usually build the substrates before incorporating the objects, after which the painting process begins. There is interplay between depth and surface, and sometimes between abstract and representational. I invite the viewer to think about what is hidden beneath surface appearances, and what is illusion.

Sometimes this is in a large-scale format to encompass the viewer more fully.

Lately I’ve started making pure assemblages, in addition to the combination painting/assemblages. I love to preserve bits of history, to show the beauty of the craftsmanship and the design sensibilities of these old objects.

History, transformation, and throwaway culture are themes that I gravitate towards, along with social and political injustice. I tend to use some unconventional materials, including refuse, packaging, and resin. This allows me to recycle instead of discarding, and I want to convey the value of doing so.

I grew up surrounded by traditional Japanese woodblock prints and Pre-Columbian sculptures, and this has been a major influence in my aesthetic sensibility, along with artists such as Diebenkorn, Rauschenberg, and Lee Bontecou. In developing my visual language, I am constantly experimenting with different materials and techniques to support the subject matter.

Leah Knecht, 2017

Leah Knecht | Multi-Disciplinary Artist

Leah Knecht has been creating art for many years. She is an Alumni of the world-renowned Art Center College of Design, and has continued to master many techniques and mediums throughout her career.

Mixed-Media Dimensional Paintings. This art contrasts two-dimensional and three-dimensional, by combining representational painted surfaces with found objects.

Assemblages and Sculptures. This is a fairly new addition to Leah’s artistic output, executed in her unique, meticulous style. 

Leah Knecht Porch-of-Maidens
“Porch of Maidens” 36Wx25H
Leah Knecht “Innocence Lost” 14Wx40H
“Innocents Lost” 14Wx40H

Leah Knecht | Portfolio

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