Bronze sculptor and printmaker Tom Knapp passed away in his home in San Miguel de Allende, Gto., Mexico on July 8, 2016. He was 90 years old. He filled those years with his dedication to his love of art and family. He was prolific and successful in many forms of artistic expression: bronze and wood sculpting, printmaking in linocuts and wood engravings, stained glass, mosaics and jewelry making.
Among many of Tom Knapp’s works, he is well known for his Native American Dancers, a series of ten different members of North American tribes performing their age-old traditional ceremonial dances. This dramatic collection took Knapp on a quest of over 30 thousand miles and nine years in travels all over the Southwest, the Northwest, south to Mexico and north to Alaska. With over 20 life-and-heroic size bronzes to his credit, one is the figure of a football player in front of the Rose Bowl Hall of Fame in Pasadena, California.
Coming from Ruidoso, New Mexico, Knapp moved to San Miguel de Allende in 1995 with his wife, pastel artist Dorothy Bell. Well-known figures in the Ruidoso art scene, they lived and worked in their home and gallery, a local landmark known as The Buckhorn in the Hondo Valley.
A native of Wyoming, Knapp was born in Gillette, Wyoming, September 28, 1925. He is a veteran of World War II, and the Korean War, serving in the United States Navy. He studied at the California College of Arts and Crafts in Oakland CA, and the Art Center College of Design in Los Angeles. He then went to work as an animator for the Walt Disney Studios. Today his works of primarily Limited Editions can be found in over 200 private collections as well as many museums.
Preceded in death by three brothers, Chet, Melven and Bill, Knapp is survived by his wife Dorothy Bell; a son in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Keith Knapp from a former marriage to Edna Huntley of Cody, Wyoming; two stepsons, Gordon Bell, Panola, Oklahoma and Danny Bell, Prince George, British Columbia, Canada; two Mexican “sons” Daniel and Georgenes Hernandez; four sisters: Marjorie Damery, Boulder, Colorado, Jeannie Leigh, Avondale, Arizona, Alta Drumm, Boulder, Colorado and Margaret Russell, Rock Springs, Wyoming. Friends may send their condolences to 220 N. Zapata Hwy #11A, Laredo, TX 78043.