on Canvas art show
Knoble first sees
his subjects through camera lens
to feature works by area artists
(May 2008) Hitchhiking first brought artist Louis
Knoble through Madison, Ind. While he passed through, he fell in love
with the area and eventually returned, bringing with him a style of
art that would rock through town.
Knoble is one of many artists who will be displaying his work at the
Madison Art Clubs
by Amy Casebier
Knoble will exhibit his painting of
the Miss Madison unlimited hydroplane.
Madison on Canvas show. Madison on Canvas
opens in the gallery on May 1 and closes at the end of the month. The
exhibit showcases the work of Madison Art Club members and is not judged.
This is the fifth year for the show.
It isnt exactly what it sounds like, said Larry Rudolech,
a club member and part of the development committee.
Although the title of the show is Madison on Canvas, artwork
neither has to be of Madison nor on canvas.
The first thing we had to listen to was I dont work
on canvas, Rudolech said. This is the only themed
show we have. They create problems.
Knoble will be exhibiting a painting that is both of Madison and on
canvas. His painting, Stalemate, is a large piece depicting
the Miss Madison hydroplane leading another boat in the lower left area
of the canvas. Knoble included two Canadian geese and a lake gull in
the upper right area.
Theyre powerful boats, but theyre no more powerful
than those Canadian geese and that lake gull, he said.
The composition also includes a plethora of different colored squares,
which have become canon in Knobles paintings.
Breaking into squares gives it a metaphysical feeling, he
Knoble credited the idea of moving particles through space from Star
Trek and his studies of author Dan Browns bestselling novel The
Da Vinci Code and Albert Einsteins theories to the themes
of his art. He also derives a lot of inspiration from music.
I like to think of myself as a jazz artist, Knoble said.
Im trying to put the harmony together and still retain part
of the song and melody.
All the details of Knobles paintings are important.
Hes quite a unique individual, Rudolech said. Almost
everything he puts in his paintings means something. Knoble was
Rudolechs art mentor for some time.
Knoble grew up in Buffalo, N.Y. He lived across the street from the
Museum of Science, which held afterschool programs that Knoble attended
from second grade through high school. Knoble discovered his love for
art during these programs and went on to pursue a career in teaching
It was a natural thing, Knoble said. All I ever wanted
to be was an art teacher and paint. I never had a desire to do anything
Knoble enlisted in the U.S. Air Force in 1951 for four years during
the Korean War. The G.I. Bill aided him in receiving his Bachelor of
Science and Master of Science at New York State University at Buffalo.
Knoble taught art for 37 years overall, seven years in New York and
30 years for Madison Consolidated Schools and Hanover College.
Knoble first broke out into the art world as an abstract expressionist.
His instructor at the University of New York at Buffalo was Peter Busa,
a good friend of artist Jackson Pollock.
However, when he first arrived in Madison in 1964, Knoble experienced
resistance to his modern art.
He recalled a time when he had a show in a local restaurant that is
no longer in business today. After he hung his pieces, Knoble discovered
that the employees of the restaurant had taken them down again, indicating
that they did not fit in with the restaurants environment.
Living in Madison and doing modern art all these years and not
changing takes a lot of guts, Rudolech said.
Knoble realized after the incident in the restaurant that he would have
to adapt his art in order to survive. He began to paint pieces with
more realism but tried to stay true to his roots. His ultimate goal
is to get back to abstract expressionism again, he said.
I dont necessarily do things people want, Knoble said.
I do what I want. What Knoble wants is something special
that sets his paintings apart.
Its got a quality about it that stands by itself,
Rudolech said of Knobles style.
When he is not painting, Knoble is a member of the Kiwanis Club and
works at a funeral home. He is a past president of the Madison Regatta
and also helped coach cross country and track at Hanover College.
I havent learned how to slow down yet, Knoble said.
The Madison Art Club gallery is located
at 301 E. Main St., Madison. For more information, call (812) 265-3135
ext. 251, or visit: www.madisonartclub.com.
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