Pop artist Stefan Knapp remembered at The Big Arts Show in Shrewsbury

Pop artist Stefan Knapp will be remembered at an annual arts event with some of his work.

Pop artist Stefan Knapp remembered at The Big Arts Show in Shrewsbury

Pop artist Stefan Knapp

The artist, who died 20 years ago, will feature among work at The Big Arts Show, in Shrewsbury, thanks to his wife Cathy Knapp who agreed to lend a selection of his enamels to the event. 

Mrs Knapp has agreed to become a ‘friend’ of The Big Arts Show, and currently runs The Mid Wales Arts Centre in Caersws near Newtown. 

The centre was established by her and houses a collection

She said: “Stefan was a well-known and colourful character in the art world who endeared himself to people and in turn the friendships he made lasted a lifetime. 

“I’m sure if he were alive now he would wholeheartedly approve of seeing his art exhibited at an event such as this.”

Knapp spent three years in a Siberian labour camp (1939-42) from the age of 18, then settled in England after the Second World War as a decorated RAF Spitfire pilot. 

He enrolled at the Central School of Arts and Crafts as well as the Slade, in London. 

Following graduation he was commissioned to create 17 murals for Heathrow Airport, several for Alexander’s department stores in the USA and one in New Jersey, which was the largest in the world. 

Organiser David Dawkins said: “I originally approached Cathy to see if she would be kind enough to lend us a piece of Stefan’s art for the show, but to offer a selection and become a ‘friend’ of our event as well is simply fantastic. “

The Big Arts Show was set up two years ago and this year’s event will be held at Greenhous West Mid Showground from July 1 to 3. 

The event will include more than 150 exhibitors, workshops and talks given by the artists, a real ale bar, eateries, poetry and live music. 

Tickets cost £6.60 in advance, which includes a booking fee, and are available to buy at www.wegottickets.com/thebigartshow

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