“My fondest hope is that people who experience my work will leave remaining hopeful, motivated and reaffirmed about the positive aspects of life. To achieve this, my creative process blends a layering of colors, textures and imagery. I always strive to create a visual that enables people to take away something positive and uplifting that is personal to them, yet universal to all,” says Knabe.
Walter Knabe is an American multi-disciplinary fine artist. After obtaining his Master of Fine Arts from the University of Wisconsin, he opened his first studio in New York City in 1979, where he worked for many years alongside leading artists and designers.
As a painter and silk screen printer, Knabe’s work is versatile and includes original paintings and limited-edition artwork, fabrics, wall coverings and licensed designs. All applications of his work stem from his fine art practice.
Knabe’s work has been featured in the homes of clients that include high-profile musicians, athletes, Hollywood directors and actors, former presidents and at exclusive retailers and private corporations.
He has long been a trusted source for individuals, design firms and companies across the world. Because of his approachable, naturally-warm nature, Knabe has formed genuine and lasting friendships with many of his clients over the years.
Michael Jordan, Chicago, Il
Mr. and Mrs. George Bush, Houston, TX
Saul Steinberg, New York, NY
Andre Agassi, Las Vegas, NV
Richard Gere, New York, NY
Neil Simon, Saddle River, NJ
William Woodward, New York, NY
Spike Lee, Brooklyn, NY
Dylan Cannon, Los Angeles, CA
Dean Schulhof, New York, NY
“Design Legend”, 2011, IIDC
Harrods, London, England
Paris Casino, Las Vegas, NV
Empire Hotel, New York, NY
Bloomindales, New York, NY
Citibank, New York, NY
Manufacturers Hanover, New York, NY
Walt Disney World, Orlando, FL
Trump Plaza, New York, NY
Michael Graves Architect, Princeton, NJ
The White House, Washington D.C.
National Gymnastics Championships 2005, Indianapolis, IN
Indianapolis 500 2010, Indianapolis, IN
Super Bowl 2012 Poster Host City, Indianapolis, IN
Riley Children’s Hospital, Indianapolis, IN
Indianapolis Artsgarden, Indianapolis, IN
Conrad Indianapolis, Presidential Suite, Indianapolis, IN
Community Hospital, Indianapolis, IN
Argosy Casino, Lawrenceburg, IN
American United Life Insurance, Indianapolis, IN
Steve Chase, Los Angeles, CA
Third Street Art, Bloomington, IN
Philippe Starck, New York, NY
F. Schumacher, New York, NY
Business Week, New York, NY
Guy Laroche, New York, NY
Vintage Books, New York, NY
Eli Lilly & Co., Indianapolis, IN
Gregory & Appel Insurance, Indianapolis, IN
LDI Ltd, Indianapolis, IN
2019 Scope Art Show Miami, FL
2018 International Sculpture & Objects Art Fair Chicago, IL
2017 Reliant Partners, Indianapolis, IN. “An Evening with Aphrodite”. Painting, screenprint and unique screenprint exhibition.
2017 LDI Industries, Indianapolis, IN. Screenprint and painting exhibition.
2011-15 Conrad Indianapolis Hotel - West Foyer. Indianapolis, IN. Screenprint and painting exhibition.
2014 Red Dot Art Fair, Miami, FL.
2014 National Art Museum of Sports, Indianapolis, IN.
2012 Art Palm Beach, West Palm Beach, FL. Painting exhibition.
2011 Long-Sharp/Curls, Detroit, MI. Screenprint and painting exhibition.
2011 Art Greenwich, Greenwich, CT. NAC Gallery painting exhibition.
2011 Art Newport, Newport, RI. “Mythologies” Solo painting exhibition.
2011 Art Naples, Naples. FL. Painting exhibition.
2010 Artbox Gallery, Indianapolis, IN. Painting and screenprint exhibition.
2009 Evan Lurie Gallery, Indianapolis, IN. Painting and screenprint exhibition.
2008 Niermann Weeks, New York, NY. Screenprint exhibition.
2005 Indianapolis Art Center, Indianapolis, IN. “Confluence and Convergence; Michael Graves and Walter Knabe”
1997 Felissimo, New York, NY. Painting exhibition.
1996 Winn Casino, Atlantic City, NJ. Commissioned murals.
1995 Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis, IN. “Walter Knabe – Fine Art Goes Functional”.
1992 Ruschman Gallery, Indianapolis, IN. “Sculptural Vessels” exhibition.
1990 Brooklyn Art Museum, Brooklyn, NY. Painting exhibition.
1987 Betty Cunningham Gallery, New York, NY. Group painting exhibition.
1984 Susan Markel Gallery, New York, NY. Works on paper.
1981 Carrington Gallery, New York, NY. Fine artwork and functional artwork.
1979 Madison Art Center, Madison, WI. Group painting exhibition.
1978 Lockerbie Gallery, Indianapolis, IN. Solo painting exhibition.
1977 University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI. Painting exhibition.
1975 Worked with Thomas Hart Benton on implementation of one of his last murals in Joplin, MO.
Imperial Home Décor Group, Cleveland, OH
Fieldcrest/Pillowtex, Kannapolis, NC
Monarch Design, Providence, RI
Brownlow Corp. Fort Worth, TX
Stamps Happen, Fullerton, CA
Sunrise/Hallmark, Kansas City, MO
Hampton Art, Los Angeles, CA
Paper Adventures, Milwaukee, WI
Checks Unlimited, Colorado Springs, CO
Me and My Big Ideas, Lake Forest, CA
1975-76 Study and work with Thomas Hart Benton, St. Louis, MO
1976 BFA Columbia College, Columbia, MO
1978 MA University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI
1979 MFA University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI