P A R K E R a n d P A R K E R A R T
Born in Brooklyn in 1942, Michael Knigin was an only child who would spend hours drawing and painting to amuse himself. When it came time for him to choose a career path, he had considered becoming a surgeon but opted, instead, to pursue his childhood dream of becoming an artist.
While attending Tyler School of Art at Temple University in Philadelphia, PA, Knigin was awarded a Ford Foundation Grant to attend the Timarind Lithography Workshop in Los Angeles, California. In 1966, he completed his bachelor's of fine art degree and two years later, was awarded an Experiment in Art and Technology Grant to participate in the American Lithographers Association Lithographic Technical Institute in New York.
Knigin's work has been included in group exhibitions in galleries throughout the United States as well as in Mexico, Uruguay, Taiwan, Israel, South America and Japan. The Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, The Smithsonian Institute in Washington, D.C.; the Carnegie-Mellon Institute in Pittsburgh, PA; The Israel Museum; The Taiwan Museum; and The Museum of Modern Art of Mexico are among the institutions that have featured special collections by Knigin.
A number of corporations, including Citibank, Toyota, Readers Digest, Phillip Morris, Grand Hyatt Hotel and the Chicago Mercantile Exchange feature Knigin's work in their art collections.
From 1986 to l988, Knigin was an instructor at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY, where he taught airbrush, lithograph and silkscreen courses. During that time, he was appointed to an Art Team responsible for covering the launch of the space shuttle Discovery.
His art has been published in Money and Fortune magazines and has appeared on the cover of the Bank of Tokyo's and Japan Society's annual reports. His work also has been critically reviewed in more than 20 publications, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Philadelphia Enquirer and The Mexico City News.
The feminine form and personality have inspired some of the world's most celebrated works of art. By using various combinations of media and techniques, artists have created paintings, sculptures and other art forms reflecting the beauty and sensuousness of women. Michael was a natural choice to be featured as one of five renowned artists have collaborated to produce a portfolio titled "Images of Woman" in which they have attempted to distill the essence of femininity. These graphic works provide a comprehensive look at the artists' perception of women.
Knigin is considered by many to be a leader of The Post Pop art movement, an artistic expression for creating work that combines popular images with social commentary. According to Knigin, "The use of pop imagery and art per se is uninteresting to me. My aim is to juxtapose visuals in a way that confronts the viewer with new meaning."
Thunder and Shower 1
Thunder and Shower 1
24" x 32"
Thunder and Shower 2