A BIT ABOUT THE ARTIST

 

Anders Knutsson was born in Malmö, Sweden where he studied art and engineering.  In 1967 he came to the United States to work in the aerospace industry and became a citizen in 1976.  He has studied and developed his art throughout his entire life and made the decision in 1970 to become a full time artist.  He has lived in Illinois, Ohio, California, Vermont, and Toronto (Canada) and, since 1976, in New York City.

Knutsson’s monochrome painting evolved from the early 1970’s when he decided to paint full time, to his move to New York City in 1976. They are presentations of a single color in different shades within different values and intensities. He decided to make his own paint to obtain the purest color - and developed a paint formula based on wax/oil and dry pigments.

In 1980, a colleague introduced him to phosphorescence. They experimented with  phosphorscent chemicals and called the paint they created  “Luminous Paint”.  The paint is comprised of dry phosphorescent pigments mixed with a paint medium like acrylic, oil etc.  Its unique feature is that it can hold light energy and then release this light energy it in the dark.  Not only is the resulting work exciting as it literally glows in the dark, but this largely unknown pigment among painters is without history to draw from.

When Anders moved his studio to Brooklyn near the Botanic Garden in 1990, he started to draw the trees in this arboretum as a study of light and a practice in seeing. Eventually the sketches became drawings and then paintings.  A number of public art commissions challenged Knutsson to create very large paintings of trees - portraits actually, since each tree was so individual and unique.

Anders Knutsson’s work has been exhibited in museums, art centers, galleries, universities, corporations, churches and a variety of formal and informal spaces in many countries. His Luminous paintings, costumes and objects have been featured in dance performances, theatrical productions and various happenings.

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Biographical Detail

2020

Johan Fingal. "Apoidea - en konstutställning om bin". Jönköpingsposten. Jönköping, Sweden

2020

Kalinka Ussing. "Apoidea - en konstutställning om bin" Exhibition catalog. Nässjö Konsthall & Eksjö Musum. April 2020

2018

Inger Abram Ohlsson. "Tar ställning för bin". Smålands Tidningen Nässjö, Sweden. April 6, 2020

2016

Barbro Ergetie. Monochrome Paintings of Handwoven Linen. VÄV. Scandinavian Weaving Magazine, Linköping, Sweden

2015

Bo Nilsson. Anders Knutsson - Master of the Monochrome. Aguéli Museet, Sala, Sweden

2012

Hans Frode, Anders Knutsson, Mats Pehrson, Peter Åström, Tokiko Frode "New York, New York. Krapperups Konsthall, Sweden. July - August 2012

2012

Johanna Gredfors Ottesen. "Sinnligt och Fysiskt" Helsingborgs Dagblad, Helsongborg, Sweden, June 10, 2012

2012

Martin Hägg. "Från färgform till hyperrealism." Omkonst.com

2012

Linn Dupont. "De sätter färg på sommaren". NV-Skåne hd. Båstad, Sweden June 22, 2012

2012

Mary Hrbacek. "Light, Time and Patience". Dusty Wright's CultureCatch.com. New york, New York

2011

Paulina Sokolov. "Anders Knutsson: Färg och Meditation. Bukowskis Revue. Stockholm, Sweden

2011

Bo Nilsson, David Neuman, Lars Nittve. Anders Knutsson. Radical Painting - Meditations on the Monochrome. Bukowskis, Stockholm, Sweden

2011

Stephenson, Sara, “Collaborative Reduction: Q+A With Olivier Mosset”, Art in America, October, 2011

2009

Harold Egeln. "Art Meets Alchemy and Innovation". Brooklyn Daily Eagle. February 17, 2009

2008

Harold Egeln. "A Tree Glows in Brooklyn". Brooklyn Eagle. February 13, 2008

2008

N'zinga Strickland. "Provocative artist barks up the right tree with new exhibition". 24 Seven, Courier Life, Brooklyn. February 21, 2008

2007

Harold Egeln. "Devotion to Trees wins Artist a Commission". Brooklyn Eagle. August 9, 2007

2006

N'zinga Strickland. "Black Art exhibition inspired with a Swedish Touch". The New York Amsterdam News. March 2006

2006

N'zinga Strickland. "Inspire!". Caribbean Life, Brooklyn. March 14, 2006

2005

Pamella Dillon. "Rosewood art show offers differing angles on light", Dayton Daily News, Dayton, Ohio. April 10, 2005

2005

Ron Rollins. "Lights Out!", Dayton Daily News, April 25, 2005

2005

Jud Jalkut. "Shadows and Fog", Dayton City Paper, May 4 - 10, 2005

2005

Lee Batdorff. "Work your eyes at Gallery Ü". The Heights Observer, Cleveland. May 2005

2004

Jonathan Cojuangco. "Anders Knutsson's Remembered Light", The Thoma, St. Thomas Aquinas College, Sparkill, NY. February 16, 2004

2004

Eva Stenskär. "Swedish art brightens up Brooklyn" Nordstjernan, New York. August 26, 2004

2001

Deering, Sally. “Exhibition to Aid Art School Grants”. The Jersey Journal, April 26, 2001.

2001

Szabo, Judy. “The Luminous World of Anders Knutsson”, The Question, Whistler, B.C., Canada, April 5, 2001.

2000

Andersson, Margareta, “Trees in Living Light”, Sydőstran, Feb. 12, 2000

2000

Ohlsson, Klaus-Gőran, “Luminous Painting”, Blekinge Läns Tidning, Feb. 12, 2000.

1999

“Anders Knutsson, Luminous Paintings”, Ystad, Sweden: Ystads Konstmuseum, 1999/2000

1999

“Simple Beauty and Impossible Combinations”, Norra Skåne, March 25, 1999

1999

“Some personal thoughts about Anders Knutsson’s art 1999”, Konsthallen I Hishult, Sweden, March 1999.

1999

Klinthage, Jőrgen. “Fascinated by the Form of Trees”, Hallandsposten, April 3, 1999

1999

Persson, Tina. “The Light Surprises”. Smålandasposten, April 1, 1999

1999

Yngvesson, Britt. “His Art Celebrates the Power and Spirit of Trees”, Sydsvenskan, May 8, 1999

1999

Dahlstrőm, Robert. “What Reality Do We Actually See?” Ystads Allehanda, Dec. 11, 1999.

1999

Von Hofsten, Elisabeth. “Surprising Art Changes Colors” (“Överraskande konst”). Skånska Dagbladet, Dec. 10, 1999

1999

“Trees Glow in Brooklyn”, Sydsvenskan, Dec. 10, 1999

1998

Frederic Thursz; Musée d'art moderne Saint-Etienne, 1989

1998

Johnson,Ken, "Phil Sims", The New York Times,April 24 1998

1998

Fried, Michael, “Joseph Marioni: Rose Art Museum, Brandeis University”, Artforum, September 1998

1992

Talley, Dan. "Beyond Boundaries, Contemporary Art by Scandinavian Artists." Jamestown, N.Y., Jamestown Community College, Catalog, 1992

1992

Darling, Reg. “Scandinavian art exhibit relies on abstraction”. Warren Times Observer, Nov. 19, 1992.

1990

McCormick, Carlo. "Anders Knutsson and the Promise of Light." Anders Knutsson: Lightscapes/Ljusskap. Orono, ME, USA: University of Maine Museum of Art, 1990.

1990

Ruhe, Barnaby. "Another Conceptual Category." Anders Knutsson: Lightscapes/Ljusskap. Orono, ME, USA: University of Maine Museum of Art, 1990.

1990

“Knutsson Presences”, Art/World, Summer 1990.

1990

Pfeifer, Kit. “Painting Extended into Darkness”, Preview!, October 5, 1990

1989

Yokana, Lisa, Bo Nilsson. Gates of Light, Williamstown, MA, USA: Williams College Museum of Art, Catalog 1989.

1989

Neuman, David & Simon, Amy, “Howard Smith”,Art News, April, 1986

1989

Konstmagneten New York. Månads journalen, April, 1989, p. 48-60.

1988

Coletta, Joanne. "Knutsson plays with light." The Beacon, March 24, 1988.

1988

Govan, Michael. "One-person exhibit: In darkness, in light." The Transcript, March 11, 1988.

1988

Pierson, Travis. "Hypnotic and luminous 'Gates of Light' opens at WCMA." The Williams Record, March 15, 1988.

1988

Jette, Rosemary. "Phosphorescent paintings turn ordinary into mystical." The Transcript, April 15, 1988

1988

Landston, David. "Lighting up the dark." The Berkshire Eagle, April 5, 1988.

1987

Maurice, Maggie. "In a Special Light." The Burlington Free Press, August 2, 1987, Sec. D, pp. 1, 10.

1987

A Vermont Salute to the Father of Op Art. The Sunday Rutland Herald And The Sunday Times Argus, August 9, 1987, Sec. D, pp. 1, 6.

1986

Westfall, Stephen, “Phil Sims, Catalog 1986”,Malmö Konsthall, Malmö, Sweden

1986

Taetor, Paul. "Images in the Dark." Rutland Herald, September 11, 1986, pp. 9, 13.

1986

Ljusspel. Svenska Dagbladet. December 18, 1986.

1985

Lundegaard, Diane. "Anders Knutsson Uncovers the Image Within." Sunstorm, February 1985, p.7

1984

Wei, Lilly, Nancy Spector, Joseph Thompson, and Tracy Dick. Radical Painting. Williamstown, MA: Willams College Museum of Art, Catalog, 1984.

1984

Olsson, Anna. "Ytor av Ljus." Svenska Dagbladet. November 24, 1984

1983

Glueck, Grace,“Howard Smith, Expressionism Meets Minimalism”, The New York Times, 1983

1983

Howell, George. "Knutsson's Tough Works Make a Heavy Demand on Viewer." The Buffalo News, July 29, 1983.

1983

Schultz, Douglas G. "Anders Knutsson: Luminous Paintings."Albright-Knox Art Gallery Calendar" July/August 1983, pp. 1,3.

1983

Anders Knutsson, Featured Artist. Stratton Arts Festival, (September 1983): pp. A-6, A-7.

1982

Cottingham, Laura, Arden Kahlo, Anders Knutsson, Anne Marie Macari, David U. Neuman, Bo Nilsson and Lars Nittve. Anders Knutsson: Color and Luminous Painting 1975 - 1981. Catalog. 1982.

1982

Johansson, Hans. "Språket Före Människan." Arbetet, 1982.

1982

Nilsson, Petter. "Konst". Lundagård 5. (1982).

1982

Nilsson, Bo. Materia/Minne/ Matter/Memory. Lund, Sweden: Lunds Konsthall, Catalog, January, 1982.

1982

Bauer, Catarina. " Materia/Minne." Svenska Dagbladet, March 27, 1982.

1982

Cederstam, Britte. "Multidimensional single color painting." Skånska Dagbladet, March 11, 1982.

1982

Eliasson, Karl-Erik. "Minne och Materia." Helsingborgs Dagblad, March 30, 1982.

1982

Florin, Magnus. "Kultursidan." Expresen, March 13, 1982.

1982

Millroth, Thomas. "Guldmakarna från Lund." Aftonbladet, March, 1982.

1982

Mamma som är Modd Mull.Sydsvenska Dagbladet, April 1, 1982.

1982

Lind, Ingela. "Materia/Minne." Dagens Nyheter, April 10, 1982.

1982

Ala-Outinen, Pertti. "Materia/Minne." Ny Tid, June 29, 1982.

1982

Jokinen, Pertti. "Materia/Minne." Tidningen Kultur, (July 8, 1982).

1982

Kalin, Kaj. "Materia/ Minne." Helsingin Sanomat, (July 22, 1982).

1982

Sandquist, Tom. "På tal om konst." HBL. July 28, 1982.

1981

Bråhammar, Gunnar. "Oerhört vacker strävan efter enhet." Ystad Allehanda, January 4, 1981.

1981

Hafif, Marcia. "Getting on with Painting." Art in America, (April, 1981): pp 132-139.

1981

Färgens Rytm. Svenska Dagbladet, April 25, 1981.

1981

Ratcliff, Carter, “Mostly Monochrome”, Art in America, April 1981

1981

Getting On with Painting, Art in America, April 1981

1981

Widing, Eric P. "Contemporary Monochromatic Painting: Olivier Mosset and Anders Knutsson." Unpublished paper for Art 498, Williams College, May 29, 1981.

1981

Nordström, Göran. "Galleri Larsson ger skön terapi för nerverna."Gefle Dagblad, October 24, 1981.

1981

Letters, Monochrome: Definitions, Amplifications, Reprecussions & more... Art in America (December 1981).

1980

Unpublished statement to accompany purchased drawing for Arkivmuseet, Lund, Sweden, (1980).

1980

Anders Knutsson: "Lysande Måleri". Kaleidoskop Magazine 5, 1980. with Front and back cover, + pp. 2, 3. Sweden

1980

Nittve, Lars. "The New Decade of Art in New York." Svenska Dagbladet, April 26, 1980.

1980

Kasnowski, Chester. "Anders Knutsson Holistic Painting." The Vermont View, (July 1980).

1980

It's All In The Mind. The Cincinnati Enquirer, October 26, 1980, Sec. J, p. 7.

1979

Boyce, David B. "Fundamental Color: Anders Knutsson, Joseph Marioni, Phil Sims, An Overview." Unpublished essay, September 1979.

1979

Concepts in Art and Science: A Personal Statement. Unpublished statement, handout in conjunction with exhibition at Schneebeck Gallery, Cincinnati,Ohio,(September 1979).

1979

Baeckström, Tord. "Anders Knutsson." Göteborgs Handels Tidning, October 5, 1979.

1979

Johansson, Stig. "Konstrond." Svenska Dagbladet, October 20, 1979.

1979

Sundgren, Nils Petter. "Ett måleri som heter oktober." Expressen, October 27, 1979.

1979

Konst. Sydsvenska Dagbladet, November 14, 1979.

1979

Konstrevy. Veckojournalen 47, (November 20, 1979).

1979

Poinsot, Jean-Marc, “La peinture commence avec Buren, Mosset, Parmentier Toroni”, ARTISTES, October-November 1979, pp. 14-15.

1979

Monochrome in New York: Dialogue between Seven Artists; Flash Art, October- November 1979

1978

Knutsson, Anders. "On the Interpretation of Art and Literature. On the Interpretation of the Myth of Danae and the Shower of Gold." Galleristerna. (September 1978).

1978

Beginning Again,Artforum Sept. 1978

1978

Berntsson, Åsa. "Art is Knowledge and Love." Sydsvenska Dagbladet, November 8, 1978.

1974

Morris, Gary, "Modern Art. Mind Over (Subject) Matter." Clifton Magazine, (University of Cincinnati) (1974): pp 37, 38.

1972

Findsen, Owen. "Color Fields." The Cincinnati Enquirer, June 4, 1972.

1972

Durrell, Jane. "Here and There in Art." The Cincinnati Post, July 8, 1972.

Pradel, Jean-Louis, Editor. World Art Trends. New York, USA: Harry N. Abrams, Inc., Publishers, p. 36, 185, 186.

Entries in yellow indicate publications where Anders Knutsson was cited

  • Ruth Chenven Foundation, 2004 Travel, research and paint Baobab and Fromanger trees in Senegal
  • Public Art & Environmental Issues University of N. Florida, Art & Design Dept. Jacksonville, FL, 2008
  • Art and Global Survival, Tabla Rasa Gallery, Brooklyn, NY, 2008
  • Albright Knox Art Gallery Buffalo, NY
  • Museum of Modern Art Stockholm, Sweden
  • Williams College Museum of Art Williamstown, MA
  • Ystad Art Museum Ystad, Sweden
  • University of N. Florida Jacksonville, FL
  • Sven-Harrys Konstmuseum Stockholm, SW
  • University of Vermont Burlington, VT
  • Pinellas County Clearwater, FL

2007

University of North Florida, Jacksonville, FL, Three large paintings, two drawings and two prints of Champion Florida trees for new LEED certified Art & Social Science Building 50. Commissioned by Florida’s Art in State Buildings.

Stevens Institute of Technology, Babbio Center, Hoboken, NJ. Commissioned Installation of paintings.


2004

Clearwater Courthouse, Clearwater, FL. Four 7’ x 7’ paintings of indigenous trees for the courthouse lobby. Commissioned by the Pinellas County Arts Council.

1998

BYK International, Oakville, Ontario, Canada. Coordinate a Corporate/Art Community project to lease art from local artists for a 12-month period. My role was to select the artists (total 15) as well as the individual art work ensuring that the total cost fit within the $15,000 budget, ensure on time delivery, arrange the contracts with the corporation and the artist, arrange the administrative paperwork, curate and install the art.

1997

Beauty Plaza Building, Seoul, Korea. Proposal accepted to paint and ship six large paintings of Banyan Trees in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Total budget was $50,000. My responsibility was to paint and deliver the paintings within the agreed price and time frame.

Noranda Inc., Toronto, Ontario. Coordinate a Corporate/Art Community project to lease art from local artists for a 12-month period. My role was to select the artists (total 14) as well as the individual art work ensuring that the total cost fit within the $40,000 budget, ensure on time delivery, arrange the contracts with the corporation and the artist, arrange the administrative paperwork, curate and oversee the installation.