(American, b. 1941)
“I try to integrate what is real about a place or thing with its underlying truth - that is, it's invisible soul” McKnight
American artist Thomas McKnight was born in 1941 in Lawrence, Kansas. He attended a small liberal arts college, Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut. At the school he was one of five art majors. He was able to spend his junior year in Paris.
After spending a year at the Columbia University completing graduate work, McKnight found a job at Time Magazine in 1964 and worked there for the following eight years. He was interrupted for a two-year stint in the U.S. Army in South Korea. Come 1972, McKnight retired from his position at Time, and relocated to the Greek island, Mykonos, for the summer. Here he painted in earnest, and also met a vacationing Austrian student named Renate, the couple married the next year.
During the 1980s, McKnight’s art became increasingly popular, especially limited edition serigraph prints. In 1994 he was personally commissioned by the White House to paint the first of three images for President Clinton’s official Christmas card. Some of McKnight’s works may be found in the permanent collection of New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Smithsonian Institution.
Currently the artist resides in Litchfield, Connecticut with his wife. His works continue to be exhibited and remain an important part of the world’s art culture.
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