This great Andrew Knez painting was scheduled to be auctioned last year. That did not happen. Your auction Chairman was a bit remiss in the logistics also Andrew unfortunately was involved in a serious automobile accident on his way to the auction. We deferred the auction of the painting off to this year. We are happy to say Andrew has recovered nicely and should be at the auction this year. We have straightened out the logistics and the painting should also be there. Joshua Shepherd’s fine write-up from last year follows.
Attendees of the CLA’s live auctions are regularly treated to a stunning array of arms and accoutrements from some of the longrifle culture’s best artisans, but the bidders at the 2016 event will be afforded a truly once-in-a-lifetime opportunity: the chance to own an original painting by noted frontier artist Andrew Knez Jr.
The oil-on-canvas masterwork, titled I See It Too, depicts a mounted frontiersman gripping a longrifle balanced across the pommel of his saddle; more than that, it’s a truly exceptional depiction of the frontier character. Both horse and rider have clearly seen something on the trail that demands their attention – perhaps game, smoke, or Indians – but the artist has lent the painting a bit of edgy mystique. The rifleman and his mount are obviously “intent on something”, says the artist, “but it’s not life or death yet. I like to leave a little bit to the imagination of the viewer.”
The remarkable canvas constitutes one of the showcase offerings for this year’s auction and is sure to attract a good bit of appropriate attention from collectors. “We all need to support the CLA in whatever way is practical,” says Knez. His donation of I See It Too, observes the artist, “is the most sensible way to raise funds” for a worthy cause: the continued vitality of the Contemporary Longrifle Association.
Andrew is a member of the American Plains Artists, Artists of the American West and a signature member of the National Oil and Acrylic Painters’ Society.
Andrew’s work may be viewed at http://www.andrewknezjr.com
You may contact Andrew at 724-969-3200.
copy by Joshua Shepherd
photos by Gordon Barlow
Larry Pletcher, editor