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I began buying wildlife art in the late 1970s after stopping by the Plymouth building in downtown Minneapolis one afternoon where art was being sold. I bought some Les Kouba prints and had them framed for my home in Minnetonka, Minnesota. (Recently the Minnesota Deer Hunters Association published an article in their magazine, Whitetails, about my life buying, selling, and loving art of all kinds. You will enjoy reading how I ended up selling art on the web.)
After a while I began reading the art ads in the Sunday Minneapolis Tribune calling numbers for the ads to ask about the art they had for sale. Early in my hunt for Kouba original art, I received a phone call from a woman in North Minneapolis who had a small original of Les Kouba's that I traded for an "In Shelter" print. After the trade it was discovered the small sketch was the original sketch Kouba put his trademark "13" birds in. I later sold this original sketch to a collector in Andover, MN, for $5,000. See image below and to the right. Note: the other 12 mallards in the formation fall below the head of the large mallard. See a larger image of the framed sketch below.
Many more trips to the the American Wildlife Art Gallery, (AWAG),
developed into a deep friendship with Les Kouba. "Heading for
Shelter" was one of the first prints I remember was starting to raise in value.
So I bought a lot of those prints at $800 - $1,000 per print which were
later sold at a nice profit. I have bought and sold virtually hundreds
and hundreds of Les Kouba's prints.
I am a public speaker on Les Kouba any time the opportunity presents
itself. In the late 90's I spoke to many Rotary Clubs, Fur-Fin-Feathers, other groups that liked the Minnesota native
wildlife artist -- Les C. Kouba. More recently in 2008 I spoke at the
McLeod County Historical Museum, in Hutchinson, Minnesota
about the art of Les C. Kouba. Later this summer, 2010, the plan is be at the
"Game Fair," north of Anoka, MN. My booth will have a great deal of
original Kouba art….Stop
by to visit with me and see the 1944 Les Kouba oval deer, done in 1944.
When Les Kouba passed, in 1998, I attended his funeral. I cried as if my father had
died. I knew that we would miss the "GRAND OLE
MAN." In my view Kouba was the Norman Rockwell of
Minnesota. People are going to think that he was too when the original
Kouba art works they bought are sold to buy them a house or new car.
I am proud of LesKoubaOriginalArt.com which is owned by my offline company
called Axdahl's Art World. This is the Mission Statement of
what I want the site to be:
It is the purpose of this website to
serve the needs of all art lovers involving all artists in America, as
well as the private collectors, dealers, individuals interested in Les
C. Kouba art. To promote the legacy and fame of Les
C. Kouba, to share visually the work that this man did as a prominent,
outstanding Minnesota artist, and the work that he did that was to
the benefit all of mankind. To offer services to the general
public, that are needed, desired, and wanted
It is the purpose of this website to serve the needs of all art lovers involving all artists in America, as well as the private collectors, dealers, individuals interested in Les C. Kouba art.
To promote the legacy and fame of Les C. Kouba, to share visually the work that this man did as a prominent, outstanding Minnesota artist, and the work that he did that was to the benefit all of mankind.
To offer services to the general public, that are needed, desired, and wanted
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