Graham Knuttel to enlist Las Vegas Academy Students for Massive Downtown Mural

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World-renowned figurative artist Graham Knuttel planning iconic work for wall at Neonopolis in downtown Las Vegas.

Graham Knuttel, a worldwide acclaimed Irish artist and one of the world’s leading figurative painters, has a new group of collaborators—and they just happen to be some of Nevada’s most promising young artists. Knuttel, along with students from the Las Vegas Academy of the Arts, will be working together to create a mural that will be hung on the outside of the Neonopolis building downtown.

In a recent visit to downtown Las Vegas, Knuttel was taken with the emerging arts community and wanted to find a way to be a part of the growing scene. Knuttel was able to see some of the most notable sights, including the famous Fremont Street Experience and the Las Vegas Academy of the Arts.

“When I learned there was such a magnificent art school with such gifted students honing their creative skills, a light went on for me,” said Knuttel. “I was so excited about the prospect of being able to work with these young minds and help them grow.”

The students will participate in the creation of the mural from the creative process through the painting and installation. The first creative brainstorming session starts Wednesday, January 15, at noon and will be hosted at the International Eatery in the Neonopolis. Knuttel and the art students will share ideas on the piece and develop the artistic vision together.

“This is what the Las Vegas Academy of the Arts is all about,” said Anita Ward, Marketing and Foundation Director at LVA. “For our students to be able to work with someone as successful and gifted as Mr. Knuttel is integral to our mission. This opportunity contributes to the uniqueness of our school.”

The only hurdle with creating a mural—where to put it? While walking Fremont Street, Knuttel saw Neonopolis and loved the prospect of putting one of his unique works in such a prominent setting. Rohit Joshi, owner of the Neonopolis, met with Knuttel’s team and loved the idea of an original Knuttel on the building’s side.

“Downtown has come alive in the last few years. When representatives for a world-leading artist came in my door, I told them to paint the whole place!” Joshi said.

Knuttel is new to the Las Vegas scene, having recently opened a gallery exclusively featuring his work at the Venetian-Palazzo Resort. The gallery will celebrate its grand opening Saturday, Jan. 18 with a ribbon-cutting by Dr. Miriam and Sheldon G. Adelson.

Graham Knuttel’s paintings and sculptures have been acquired by an array of celebrities, including Frank Sinatra, Sylvester Stallone, Whoopi Goldberg, Colin Firth, Michael Stipe, and Viscount Linley, the nephew of Queen Elizabeth. Director John Herzfeld commissioned Knuttel to paint Robert De Niro. Several prestigious institutions such as Goldman Sachs and the William Morris Agency have also counted Knuttel canvases among their displayed art.

The gallery is curated by Knuttel Worldwide Ventures, a partnership between the artist and Las Vegas-based Redhills Ventures.

For more information about the Knuttel Gallery, call 702-228-8808 or visit

About Graham Knuttel
A renowned Irish artist, Graham Knuttel focused during his early schooling primarily on painting, but transitioned to sculpture for much of his early career. The use of drawing and color in sculpture led him back to painting. Today Knuttel uses both media, as well as Dixon Irish Wall Tapis and Aubusson French Tapestries to communicate what he sees and what he wants to say about the world around him. Knuttel’s bold colors and distinct characters depict ferocity, attitude and a vicious playfulness. Knuttel’s strict work discipline and unique perspective have shaped him into the figurative artist of the twenty-first century. His work has been acquired by Sylvester Stallone, Robert De Niro, Frank Sinatra, the William Morris Agency and many others. Visit or visit Mr. Knuttel’s Facebook page for more information.    

About Knuttel Gallery
Knuttel Gallery, Graham Knuttel’s international gallery, is making its inaugural venture in Las Vegas, as a result of the city’s growing art scene. In order to bring Knuttel to Las Vegas, Redhills Ventures LLC, a leading local private investment vehicle, has committed its financial resources and successful management experience to opening the high-end gallery that will be dedicated exclusively to Knuttel’s artwork. The Knuttel Gallery of Las Vegas promises to be a leading art center of imagination and inspiration.

About Las Vegas Academy
Las Vegas Academy (LVA) is a nationally recognized, award-winning magnet high school, dedicated to education in performing and visual arts and serving approximately 1,700 students in Clark County, Nevada. The Academy is a public school located in the center of the Las Vegas Historical District and serves students in grades 9 through 12. LVA is a five-star, high achieving, and exemplary academic school of distinction offering major courses of study in the performing arts along with rigorous academic courses.

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