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
B.F.A. – ART CENTER COLLEGE OF DESIGN – Graduated with Distinction.
A.A. – PASADENA CITY COLLEGE – Emphasis in art and design.
2017 CrateDigger Vol. 2: Gabba Gallery, 3126 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90057 Opening Reception August 12th, 6-9pm.
2017 All Media 2017: Irvine Fine Art Center, 14321 Yale Avenue, Irvine, CA 92604 Opening Reception August 26th, 4-6pm.
2017 Manikin Project: Cielo Gallery, 3201 Maple Ave., Los Angeles, CA.
2017 La Dulcepalooza: Neutra Museum Institute and Gallery, 2379 Glendale Blvd., Los Angeles, CA
2017 Immigrant Art Show : Neutra Museum Institute and Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
2017 New Year, New Art: Neutra Museum Institute and Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
2017 Black History Exhibit: Hastings Branch Library, Pasadena, CA
2016 Open Studios Preview Show: Altadena Library District, Altadena, CA
2016 Open Studios Art Tour: Art Tour Location
2016 Black History Exhibit: Hastings Branch Library, Pasadena, CA
2015 Open Studios Art Tour: Dec. Art Tour Location
2015 Open Studios Art Tour: June Art Tour Location
2014 Open Studios Art Tour: Dec. Art Tour Location
2013 Pasadena ArtWalk: Pasadena, CA
2012 Pasadena ArtWalk: Pasadena, CA
2011 Pasadena ArtWalk: Pasadena, CA
1992 Art on the Avenue, Featured Artist: Pasadena, CA
1988 Inaugural Exhibition: Art Center Europe Gallery, Switzerland
1987 Merit Scholarship, Art Center College of Design.
1987 Valley Hunt Club Commemorative Poster Competition – 2nd place
1986 Merit Scholarship, Art Center College of Design.
1985 Merit Scholarship, Art Center College of Design.
2017 Kat Ward, “The Immigrant Artist Group Show” Hometown-Pasadena, Mar. 8, http://hometown-pasadena.com/creative-types/the-immigrant-artist-group-show/128597
2016 Kat Ward, “Leah Knecht” Hometown-Pasadena, May 22, 2016. http://hometown-pasadena.com/creative-types/leah-knecht/124899
Janelle Paige, Pasadena, CA
Cathie Sandstrom, Pasadena, CA
Davidian Ouyang, Arcadia, CA
Valley Hunt Club, Pasadena, CA