About The Artist
The worldwide appeal of Thomas McKnight's prints, paintings, and posters place him in an elite group of contemporary artists whose work can be instantly recognizable as his own. Be it a carnival in Venice, a sun-drenched street in Greece, a cozy well -furnished room, a tropical beach, or a mythological scene, McKnight's images invite you to experience the unfettered joy of living.
"I try to integrate what is real about a place or thing with its underlying truth - that is, it's invisible soul," muses the artist. "In the process, I try to create symbolic reality that can serve was a catalyst for emotions - nostalgia, joy, the sadness of time passing." According to noted New York Times critic Gene Thornton, McKnight's work presents "vision of earthly happiness that are almost celestial. It is the vision of earthly paradise that exists in the here and now."
Born in 1941 in Lawrence, Kansas, Thomas McKnight grew up in the suburbs of Montreal, New York, and Washington, D.C. After receiving his Bachelor's Degree from Wesleyan University, he studied art history at Columbia University. He then served in Korea with the army for two years, and later worked for Time Magazine.
Since devoting himself to painting full time in 1972, McKnight's work has been exhibited in over four hundred one-man shows throughout the United States, Europe, and Japan, and has appeared everywhere from the cover of Reader's Digest to Japanese calendars. His prints have appeared in numerous movies and television shows, including Beverly Hills 90210 andWhen Harry Met Sally. Along with countless private and public collections, McKnight's work is represented in the permanent collection of the Metropolitan Museum in New York and Washington's Smithsonian Institute as well as the New Britian Museum of Art in Connecticut.
In 1988 McKnight's print Constitution was chosen as the official image of the U.S. Constitution Bicentennial. In fact, Constitution was one of the only three art works that the First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton chose to bring to Washington from Little Rock when President Clinton was elected. The serigraph hangs in the White House solarium which serves as the First Family's living room. Longtime McKnight fans, the Clintons asked the artist to create an image for the Presidential Christmas card in 1994, in 1995, and 1996. His warm images of the White House Red, Green, and Blue Rooms at holiday time have now appeared on almost a million cards sent out worldwide from the White House.
Seven books of McKnight's art have been published (two in Japan), including Voyage to Paradise, and the most recent one titled Arcadia. He was commissioned by the city of Kobe, Japan, in 1993 to create a series of paintings to serve as the centerpiece for two-year celebration of it's tricentennial. This was accompanied by a retrospective of his work at the Kobe Art Museum.
Thomas McKnight and his Austrian born wife Renate divide their time among homes in New York City and Litchfield, Connecticut. For more information about Thomas McKnight, call (860) 618-5441 or fax to (860) 618-5442, or email email@example.com