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May 16, 2019

IMPRESSIONIST PAINTINGS OF VIBRANT LANDSCAPES AND VILLAGESCAPES ON DISPLAY AT JOHN WAYNE AIRPORT

Documenting his travels throughout the US, Tahiti, Europe, and Russia with photography, painter William (Bill) Knauer brings the photos of his experiences to life through acrylic impressionist-like paintings. Knauer’s artwork is on display in the John Wayne Airport Community Focus Space from May 16 –
June 18, 2018.

Garden in AIX, France
(Acrylic on Canvas, 2006)

Popeye’s Village, Malta
(Acrylic on Canvas, 2019)


More images can be seen here.

“Through his vivid paintings, Bill Knauer visually transports individuals to the places he’s traveled, immersing them in rich history, architecture, and character,” said Orange County Board of Supervisors Chairwoman Lisa Bartlett. “The next time you travel through John Wayne Airport, take a moment to view his artwork.”

Knauer developed his impressionistic techniques through more than 1,200 hours of continuous workshop participation, focusing mainly on landscapes and villagescapes. He also studied art in US and European galleries and museums including the Hermitage, Louvre, Georges Pompidou, Musee d’ Orsee, and Getty.

“My paintings emphasize the use of bold, vibrant colors that highlight the shadows of the morning and late afternoon sun to capture the warmth, antiquity, and beauty of life in the US and Europe,” said Knauer.

His work is currently on display at the Cove Gallery in Laguna Beach where he has been a contributing artist for more than 15 years. To learn more about Knauer’s artwork, visit his website at https://billknauer.com.

Knauer’s exhibit may be viewed on the Departure (upper) Level near security screening areas in Terminals A, B, and C, and on the Arrival (lower) Level adjacent to Baggage Carousels 1 and 4. Upcoming Community Focus Space artists include photographer Douglas Kalagian (June 19 – July 18) and painter Rosemary Vasquez-Tuthill (July 19 – August 15). For more information about JWA’s Art Programs, visit www.ocair.com/terminal/artexhibits.

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