In the Light of Painting: Stephen Knapp

DALLAS, TX – Samuel Lynne Galleries is pleased to announce the representation of internationally recognized American artist Stephen Knapp. He is best known for his lightpaintings, which have been called the first new art medium of the twenty-first century. Dispensing with traditional media and narrative content, Knapp is one of a small group of artists who work with light. His lightpaintings make visible the light that surrounds us and transforms it into something physical yet inherently transcendental. Knapp has found inspiration from his studies of light, color, dimension, and space for over thirty years, and creates art that interacts with and is transformed by light. His lightpaintings expand the concept of painting and sculpture, and explore the dimensions of color and light.

Born in 1947 in Worcester, Massachusetts, Knapp received his B.A. from Hamilton College in 1969 with a liberal arts education. Knapp started his career as a fine art photographer, but as his career began to garner critical acclaim, he started experimenting with various types of ceramic, mosaic, metal, stone, and glass. Knapp was commissioned for multiple large-scale murals in public and private collections, which led him to the medium of glass and his current passion, lightpaintings.

Knapp’s lightpaintings have experienced an evolutionary process from hanging glass and steel structures to glass bracketed on walls with a single light source. These conceptions are everything which “kinetic” implies–– animated, lively, dynamic, fresh, potent, and endowed without actually having the power to conduct. Throughout his career, Knapp’s work is cutting edge, experimenting with mediums in ways never before used. Through a process of contextualizing, collaborating, and conducting research, Knapp’s lightpaintings incorporate not only his artistic vision, but also the space beyond. These imaginative and inclusive paintings of light and glass have earned Knapp a reputation as one of the foremost artists of our time. He has collaborated with local artisans and factories around the world, in order to achieve the perfect effect with the best materials.

Stephen Knapp’s work can be seen in museums and galleries worldwide. He has had solo museum exhibitions at the Boise Art Museum, the Chrysler Museum of Art, the Naples Art Museum, the Butler Institute of American Art, the Dayton Art Institute and the Flint Institute of Arts, among others. His work has appeared in many international publications including Art and Antiques, Architectural Record, ARTnews, The Asahai Shimbun, Ceramics Monthly, The Chicago Sun Times, Interior Design, The New York Times, Progressive Architecture, Sculpture Magazine, The Washington Post and other publications.

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