Peter Knapp

Peter Knapp

Sunderland, MA, United States

About Peter Knapp

Born May 1, 1950.

Throughout my life, the abstract quality I see in nature has inspired my art the most. The art I create springs from my soul. ​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 I am painting in acrylic in my studio in Sunderland... 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 through the use of acrylic paint, ink, brush and pen on panel.

Education

University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Massachusetts USA. BA in Art

Events

Exhibition dates pending* - WIDE OPEN 11
Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition, 481 Van Brunt St., Door 7, Red Hook, Brooklyn, NY USA
Juried by Paulina Pobocha, Assistant Curator, Department of Painting and Sculpture at The Museum of Modern Art in NYC, USA
* Due to COVID-19 concerns

Exhibitions

Upcoming:

Exhibition dates pending* - WIDE OPEN 11
Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition, 481 Van Brunt St., Door 7, Red Hook, Brooklyn, NY USA
Juried by Paulina Pobocha, Assistant Curator, Department of Painting and Sculpture at The Museum of Modern Art in NYC, USA
* Due to COVID-19 concerns

Current:

Contemporary Art Room Gallery Online Competition and Exhibition “Colors” https://artroomgalleryonline.com/current_exhibition.html (web address valid through May 30, 2020)
Online Show Dates: April 22 – May 30 2020. Honorable Mention Award for “Anxiety’s Playground”

Danco Modern, 10 West Street, West Hatfield, MA USA 01088
On-going, selected paintings on exhibit

Rocart ( https://rocart.net/artist/peter-knapp/ )
On-going, selected limited edition woodcut prints on exhibit and for sale

Saatchi Art ( https://www.saatchiart.com/peterknapp )
On-going, selected digital limited edition prints and limited edition photographic “paintings” on exhibit and for sale

Previously (Selected):

Jan – Mar 2020 - 41st Annual Juried Art Exhibition
Monmouth Museum, in the Main Gallery, 765 Newman Springs Rd., Lincroft, NJ 07738 USA
Juried by Grace Graupe-Pillard, artist from New York City, USA
"Anxiety's Playground" in acrylic exhibited

Sept - Oct 1995 - Juried Membership Exhibition 1995
Los Angeles Printmaking Society, Brand Library Art Galleries, Glendale, California USA
Selections by Roxanne Sexauer, Discipline Chair of Printmaking and Associate Professor of Art at California State University at Long Beach

July 1995 - National Juried Show
Gallery 57, 204 N. Harbor Blvd., Fullerton, California USA. Selections by Elizabeth Smith, Curator, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, California USA

June 1995 - "Printwork '95", National Juried Printmaking Exhibition
Dutchess County Art Association/Barrett House Galleries, Poughkeepsie, New York USA. Selections by Andrea Feldman, Assistant Curator of Prints and Illustrated Books, Museum of Modern Art, New York, New York USA

May 1995 - Springfield Art League 76th National Exhibition
Museum of Fine Arts, Springfield, Massachusetts USA. Juried by Mr. Trevor Fairbrother, Beal Curator of Contemporary Art, Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, Massachusetts, USA. Springfield Art League Merchandise Certificate Award

March 1995 - 18th Annual "Art on Paper 1995" Exhibition
The Maryland Federation of Art, Gallery On the Circle, Annapolis, Maryland USA.
Selections by Frank Gettings, Curator of Prints and Drawings at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington D.C. USA

March 1995 - Springfield Art League Invitational Exhibition
Old First Church, Court Square, Springfield Massachusetts USA
Selections by Walter Kamys, Professor Emeritus, University of Massachusetts

December 1994 - Gallery 84 (in association with Martin Sumers Graphics Gallery),
50 West 57th Street, New York, New York USA
National Juried Painting/Print Exhibition, Juried by Theodore F. Wolff,
art critic for The Christian Science Monitor

December 1994 - Allied Artists of America 81st Annual Exhibition
The National Arts Club, 15 Gramercy Park South, New York, New York USA

November 1994 - "Works on Paper '94"
Midge Karr Fine Art Center / New York Institute of Technology, Old Westbury, New
York, New York USA. Juried by Lisa Phillips, Curator of Contemporary Art, The Whitney
Museum of American Art

November 1994 - First Annual Art Competition
The Alvan G. and Carol J. Lampke Art Competition - "Integration Disintegration
Reintegration?" The Parents Foundation for Transitional Living, 100 Broadway, New
Haven, Connecticut USA. Juried by Janet Saleh Dickson, Curator of Education, Yale University
Art Gallery

Oct - Nov 1994 - "Small Extravagances"
Gallery 57, 204 N. Harbor Blvd., Fullerton, California USA. Juried by Dorrit Rawlins,
Curator, Irvine Fine Arts Center

October 1994 - Springfield Art League Members' Open Exhibition
21st Annual at Baystate West, Springfield Massachusetts USA