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Thomas McKnight

Thomas McKnight, American


Thomas McKnight's paintings, serigraphs and posters, phenomenally popular with the public, have placed 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. 


Born in 1941 in Lawrence, Kansas, Thomas McKnight grew up in suburbs of Montreal, New York City 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. McKnight has explained his inspirations, motives and artistic objectives as trying “ to integrate what is real about a place or thing with its underlying truth its invisible soul,” muses the artist. “In the process I try to create a symbolic reality that can serve as a catalyst for emotions, nostalgia, joy, the sadness of time passing.”


Since deciding to devote himself to painting full time in 1972, McKnight's work has been exhibited in over two hundred and fifty one man shows throughout the United States, Europe and Japan. He has been honored with special commissions, and highly regarded awards and accolades. McKnight’s artwork is often featured in television shows, blockbuster movies, and on Japanese calendars. McKnight was commissioned for the Urban Fair project in 1993 by the city of Kobe, Japan. He was also selected as the official artist for 1988 US Constitution Bicentennial Commission, and was the official artist to create the White House Christmas Cards from 1994-1996.


American Fine Art, Inc. represents this internationally acclaimed master whose unique works allow us an escape into exotic lands and beautiful destinations from Greece to Istanbul, Scottsdale to Central Park.  In addition to McKnight, the gallery hosts a multitude of other world renowned artists including: Pablo Picasso, Andy Warhol, Joan Miro, Andrew Wyeth, LeRoy Neiman, Salvador Dali, Marc Chagall, Marcel Mouly, Thomas Pradzynski, and more.  Visit our 12,000 sq. ft. showroom in Old Town Scottsdale, AZ or call one of our International Art Consultants today. Our website is offered only as a limited place to browse or refresh your memory and is not a reflection of our current inventory. If you need to learn more about collecting, pricing, value or any other art information your International Art Consultant will assist you and give you the one on one attention you deserve.  We hope you find our website helpful and look forward to seeing you in Scottsdale soon.

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