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Portofino by Thomas McKnight
The images I make relate to a lifelong search for paradise, a land of harmony where the sun shines on a sparkling blue sea. Sometimes the search is within and results in fantasy realms whose landscape are strewn with classical architecture and mythological beings." — Thomas Mcknight 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 sundrenched 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. 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 through out the United States, Europe and Japan, and has appeared everywhere from the cover of Reader s Digest to pages of Japanese calendars to the walls of restaurants in southern China. His prints have appeared in numerous movies and television shows including Beverly Hills 90210 and When Harry Met Sally. At a recent Cannes Film Festival, actor director Robert Redford remarked that McKnight was his favorite artist. McKnight's private, public, corporate and museum collections are too numerous to list here. In 1988, McKnight s Constitution was chosen as the official image of the U.S. Constitution Bicentennial. In fact, Constitution was one of only three art works which 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 and again in 1995. His warm home and hearth renderings of the White House Red Room and Blue Room at holiday time have now appeared on half a million cards sent out worldwide from the White House.