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January 30 – April 17, 2016
The Evolving Perspective: Artist Joe Knowles

Joe KnowlesDebuting January 30 in the art gallery at Elverhøj Museum of History and Art is “The Evolving Perspective,” a new exhibition of two-dimensional work by artist Joseph Knowles. Viewers will find works from various periods of Mr. Knowles’ four decades as a professional artist.

The exhibition opens with a reception on Saturday January 30 from 4 to 6 pm. The public is invited to attend and meet the artist.

The major part of Knowles’ art making has been on paper, in pastel, oil, watercolor and ink. Although his subject matter varies from purely abstract to the highly representational, there are compositional and expressive ideas that carry through the body of work.

With a long-standing career in architecture, focused on geometry and sharp, man-made angles, the artist’s loose departure from those restraints is evident in many the works. As an enrolled member of the Cherokee Nation, he has focused in recent years on themes which also relate to his Indian heritage, including the extensive “Bison Series” of iconic buffalo images.

Some artworks are shown in diptych and triptych formats, evocative of the spiritual inspiration Knowles finds out of doors. Whether an imposing edifice of the canyons of Yosemite, or an individual blade of grass, he captures a variety of textures within his chosen medium.

Joseph Knowles was born in Santa Barbara, the son of two artists. He received bachelor of arts and architecture degrees from Stanford University, with minors in art and engineering. After college, he pursued a career in architecture, working for many years with the well-known Santa Barbara architect, Lutah Maria Riggs, F.A.I.A. In the 1960s, he entered the U.S. Army and served in Vietnam.

In the 1980s, Mr. Knowles left architecture to concentrate on art and graphic design, and also worked in a number of different areas from construction to sales. In the late 1980s and 1990s he lived in the Eastern U.S., returning to California in 2002. His art has been represented in one-person and group shows in Santa Barbara as well as in New York, Connecticut and Rhode Island. Mr. Knowles lives on a small horse ranch and vineyard in Santa Ynez, CA, with his wife, Penny.

The exhibition remains on display through April 17.

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