Les Kouba was born in Hutchinson, Minnesota in 1917. His art covers waterfowl and sporting subjects and has been awarded numerous awards. One is the 1978 International Artist of the Year and another prestigious award was in 1980 the King Charles Award. He also did a Federal Duck Stamp and is the designer of 34 conservation stamp prints.
Look for Les Kouba’s book “The Legacy of Les C. Kouba”
Les was schooled at Art Instruction School in Minneapolis, Minnesota, but he did leave one wish which stands as a quote. “You’re never going to make it if you’ve got to find all of your reference material at the library. It takes a combination of art training and field research to succeed. Leave the books behind and get outdoors. Smell the air, feel the wind, hear the sounds of nature. It’s these physical sensations and experiences you want to bring to life with the brush. You want the viewer to look at your work and know you’ve been there. That’s the secret of my success. It’s that simple.”
(Quote Extracted from Wildlife Art News Yearbook 89-90)
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