About

Peter Knapp

Lives in Sunderland, MA USA

Born May 1, 1950

 

Throughout my life, the abstract quality I see in nature has inspired my art the most. No matter what medium or issue I have chosen, my art has always been involved with experimentation, invention, trying something new, taking a risk and seeking solutions to the challenges these goals present. Inspired by other modern artists who have successfully developed styles and methods uniquely individual and ground breaking, I am committed to leaving a record of my work that extends the boundaries of creative process.

I graduated from the University of Massachusetts in 1972 with a degree in art. My early work consisted of woodcuts and drawings.  I eventually became enchanted with what computers could do as a tool to express myself, and this led to photography aided by graphic software.

With the explosion of information that became available on the internet, I have increased my knowledge of art history and artists throughout the world. I am greatly attracted to modern art, especially the work coming out of New York City.

Numerous artists have had a profound influence on my own work:

 

Some of these artists include Georgiana Houghton, Wassily Kandinsky, Arshile Gorky, Franz Kline, Willem DeKooning, Mark Tobey, Leonard Baskin, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Vanessa Prager, Chuck Close, Susan Te Kahurangi King, James Siena, and Peter Linde Busk.

Currently my acrylic painting work in my studio in Sunderland has evolved to become mixed media, with my latest artwork utilizing acrylic paint, acrylic ink (regular and iridescent), acrylic gouache, acrylic resin fixative, a variety of brushes and pens, and graphite pencil accents on acrylic gesso primed hardboard panel.

 

 In October of 2012 I suffered from chest pains, and shortly after arriving at the hospital I had cardiac arrest. Everything went to the color of black, starting from the periphery of my vision, quickly working its way into the center and coming to a point. Then there was nothing - total oblivion. The doctors treating me said I died, but they were able to bring me back.  Although I am extremely thankful for all they did, I soon began to experience severe depression and anxiety.

My latest work (starting with “Anxiety’s Playground” and continuing on with a planned series) confronts my battle with these issues. Using the inspiration of nature as a foundation, I am exploring my memories, feelings and emotions related to this event of life over death.

And now, as the COVID-19 pandemic challenges humanity to find a cure, I am confronting this additional concern affecting us all, wanting to believe that art, science and mathematics will prevail.

© 2019 by Peter Knapp, peterknappart.com