Artist Statement
There is beauty everywhere…if you look for it. Many of the everyday things we pass by in our busy lives go unobserved. I see my job as an artist to bring them to the forefront, to make us see what we have previously missed. To appreciate the unappreciated.
I paint industrial and mechanical items and mix them in various ways with organic materials, often times everyday food items. I explore the common elements that are shared by the objects while introducing tension with my choice of colors and textures.
My paintings are large by design. Massive mechanical devices carry a weight that can only be interpreted through art of some scale. My work could be defined as “INDUSTRIAL POP ART”.
Someone once asked me…”Why don’t you paint trees? Trees are lovely and would sell”. I replied with a question of my own… “Have you ever seen a beautiful painting of a tree?” The answer was a resounding “Of course!”, to which I replied…”That’s why I don’t paint them”.
My objective is to meld myself with my subject matter. I want those who see the objects I paint to immediately think of my art. Once a viewer begins to see oddly paired common objects in everyday life and thinks…that reminds me of Michael Knapp’s art…then I have been successful.

Michael Knapp      

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