Michael Knutson - Oil Painting and Watercolor

Oil Paintings on Canvas




SYMMETRICAL FOUR-LAYERED OVOIDS & LATTICES III, 2016
Oil on canvas
60 x 80 inches diptych
$12,000



SYMMETRICAL OVOID LATTICES V, 2013
Oil on canvas
40 x 63.75 inches
$6,500




SYMMETRICAL OVOID LATTICES VIII, 2015
Oil on canvas
32 x 80 inches diptych
$6,500




SYMMETRICAL OVOID LATTICES VI, 2013
Oil on canvas over panel, diptych
40.5 x 85 inches
$7,500


FOUR COILED STARS FIELD, 2010
Oil on canvas
72 x 108 inches
$12,000




SPRUNG COIL QUARTET #1, 2007
Oil on canvas
48 x 48 inches
$5,000



HINGE, 1994
Acrylic on canvas
60 X 96 inches
$7,500

Watercolors


SYMMETRICAL FOUR-LAYERED LATTICES #7, 2014
Watercolor on paper
31.5 x 41 inches
$2,300


SYMMETRICAL FOUR-LAYERED OVOIDS & LATTICES #4, 2016
Watercolor on paper
31.5 x 41 inches
$2,300


SYMMETRICAL FOUR-LAYERED OVOIDS & LATTICES #5, 2016
Watercolor on paper
31.5 x 41 inches
$2,300


Coiled Ovals and Ovoids


ASYMMETRICAL FOUR-LAYERED OVOID LATTICES, VERSION I #1, 2011
Watercolor on paper
31.5 x 44 inches
$2,000



SYMMETRICAL FOUR-LAYERED OVOID LATTICES #4, 2011
Watercolor on paper
31.5 x 44 inches
$2,250



ASYMMETRICAL FOUR-LAYERED OVOID LATTICES, VERSION II, #1, 2011
Watercolor on paper
31.5 x 44 inches
$2,250



SYMMETRICAL FOUR-LAYERED OVOID LATTICES #6, 2012
Watercolor on paper
31.5 x 44 inches
$2,250



ASYMMETRICAL FOUR-LAYERED OVOID LATTICES, VERSION II, #2, 2012
Watercolor on paper
31.5 x 44 inches
$2,000



THREE-LAYERED OVOID LATTICES #2, 2012
Watercolor on paper
31.5 x 44 inches
$2,250



FOLDED FIELD #8 C, 2008
White watercolor on black Arches Cover
22 x 30 inches
$1,600



WHITE/BLACK BIPOLAR COILS #2, 2009
White watercolor on black Arches Cover
22 x 30 inches
$1,600



WHITE/BLACK CROSSING OVAL COILS #1, 2009
White watercolor on black Arches Cover
22 x 30 inches
$1,600 framed


Crossing Oval Coils


STUDY FOR YELLOW ORANGE/MAGENTA CROSSING OVAL COILS, 2008
Watercolor and graphite drawing on paper
22 x 30 inches
$1,600. framed



LARGE CROSSING OVAL COILS 7, 2006
Watercolor on paper, 29.5 x 41.5 inches
$2,200 framed



I should say something about the painterliness of the paintings, which people express surprise over when they see them in the flesh for the first time. (I think most people expect geometric abstraction to be flat and graphic.) The undiluted, impasto, conspicuously brushed paint becomes almost mosaic-like where I nudge it into the tiniest shapes. I want every shape (large or small, positive or negative) to have equal physicality, equal presence on the surface. I don't like holes (or unmapped spaces) or things hiding behind other things. James Turrell said in a talk in Portland last month that he wanted, in Roden Crater and in his oculus chambers, to frame the sky and to bring it within touching distance. I'm aiming for a similar presence, and while that might not seem to be a particularly ambitious (or difficult) goal in painting, since they are inherently framed and flat, I've actually experienced that intense sensation of complete fullness and physicality in few paintings I've seen over the years.
—Michael Knutson