Thomas McKnight

Thomas McKnight, born in 1941, is a celebrated American artist known for his distinctive style and captivating artworks. Hailing from Lawrence, Kansas, McKnight embarked on his artistic journey at Wesleyan University, where he was among a select group of five art majors. His passion for art took him to Paris during his junior year, setting the stage for his future creative endeavors.
After completing a year of graduate studies in art history at Columbia University, McKnight joined Time Magazine in 1964, where he worked for eight years, with a brief interruption for a two-year service in the U.S. Army in South Korea.
In 1972, McKnight departed from Time Magazine and spent a transformative summer on the picturesque Greek island of Mykonos, where he immersed himself in painting. It was during this time that he met Renate, an Austrian student vacationing on the island, whom he would marry the following year.
The 1980s marked a significant period of growth and popularity for McKnight's art, particularly his limited edition serigraph prints. His unique style and vibrant compositions resonated with audiences, leading to widespread acclaim.
In 1994, McKnight received a prestigious commission from the White House to create three images for President Bill Clinton's official Christmas card. One of these images, "White House Red Room," gained further recognition when it was featured on the cover of a Lands' End catalog, where both the artwork and the original were offered as Christmas gift items.
McKnight's artistic legacy extends beyond commercial success, with his works being featured in the permanent collections of esteemed institutions such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and the Smithsonian Institution.
Currently residing in Litchfield, Connecticut, McKnight continues to create art alongside his wife, Renate, sharing their passion for creativity and artistic expression.
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