The Irish figurative painter and artist Graham Knuttel was born in Dublin and attended the Dun Laoghaire School of Art and Design, where he gained a Diploma in fine art painting and sculpture. His involvement with sculpture brought him into contact with the techniques of the older painters like Goya and Rembrandt. In 1976, he won the Royal Canada Trust Award for Young Sculptors.
Graham Knuttle grew up with both a talent and interest in art, and was familiar with the work of Van Gogh, Cezanne and Picasso. Above all, he was an intuitive artist, interested in figure drawing and figure painting, and more concerned with expressing his feelings and painting from his heart than in the conceptual rationality of modern abstract art.
Typically he paints human figures in the urban landscape, using oils and acrylics in his own vibrantly coloured style. There seems no doubt that he has benefited from his involvement in the twin disciplines of painting and sculpture.
During his career, he has received a number of important commissions. These commissions include, a bronze portrait of historian Maurice Craig (1990). a bronze portrait of painter Patrick Collins HRHA (1990), a portrait of actor Sylvester Stallone (1993), a portrait of singer Christy Moore (1993), and a bronze portrait of John B. Keane (1996) and a portrait of the actor Robert De Niro (1999). In 1981 he co-founded the Wicklow Fine Art Press.
Graham Knuttel’s pictures are represented in a number of important collections in Europe and America as well as many public collections in Ireland, including: Arts Council of Ireland, Bank of Ireland, University College Dublin, AIB, Hugh Lane Gallery, Dublin.
The auction record for a work by Graham Knuttel was set in 207, when his figure painting, entitled Taoisigh na h-Eireann (Collection of Twelve), was sold in Dublin for €250,000.