Sadly missed, Graham Knuttel was a highly collectible and internationally acclaimed artist. He was born in Dublin in 1954 and attended the Dun Laoghaire School of Art where he discovered his love for figurative, representational painting.
He also became involved in sculpting, which he did out of necessity in order to pass his final year of art school.
Artist Jonathan Knuttel is a nephew of Graham’s.
Influenced by his early studies of Cezanne and Picasso, he aims to portray his fears, doubts and hopes on to the faces of his subjects.
Knuttel won the Royal Canada Trust Award for young Sculptors (1976), he co-founded Wicklow Fine Art Press (1981) and in 2008 An Post (Irish Postal system) released two Knuttel-designed stamps in commemoration of the Summer Olympics that took place that year.
His style became instantly recognisable and sought after, with his works being collected by celebrities such as Sylvester Stallone, Robert De Niro, Christy Moore, Frank Sinatra, Michael Stipe, Eddie Jordan, Teri Hatcher and Whoopi Goldberg.
His paintings have been featured in films, such as the biopic of boxing promoter Don King, and will also appear in the movie on the Beit paintings in which he has a cameo role.
The artist’s work can be found in public and private collections worldwide including the Swiss Bank Corporation, Allied Irish Banks, Goldman Sachs International, Barclays Bank and
Saatchi & Saatchi London.
Graham Knuttel sadly passed away in May 2023.