Titled, signed and dated on the reverse:
“The Unexpected Guest”/Bob Knox/2015/80 x 66
Like all the paintings in this series, Knox’s point of departure is a painting by a master. The Unexpected Guest is a layered work both stylistically and technically. Initially Knox recreates Henri Matisse’s La Japonaise: Woman Beside the Water (MOMA). He then super-imposes wide graffiti-like gestural streaks and dashes of inspired color. The result is an exquisite synthesis of old and new, a unique composition that is simultaneously emotionally and intellectually inspiring.
Bob Knox has been on the art scene since graduating from Wesleyan University with a B.A. in Studio Art. He has exhibited extensively in the United States and abroad since the early 1980’s. For many years
Jack Shainman Gallery, New York, represented Knox and had solo exhibitions of his work which garnered favorable reviews in Art in America, The New Yorker and The New York Times.
In 2003/4 Bob Knox: Non Fiction Paintings, a traveling exhibition, was on view at the Blaffer Gallery Museum at the University of Houston (Houston, TX) and University Art Museum at California State University at Long Beach (CA). Knox’s paintings are in numerous private, corporate and public collections including British Airways (NY), GE (CT), Denver Art Museum (CO), Parrish Art Museum (Southampton, NY) and University Art Museum (Long Beach, CA).
Knox’s oeuvre has evolved. Early on his work focused on closely observed drawing. For almost a decade he produced covers and inside art for The New Yorker Magazine. He also illustrated a number of children’s books for Rizzoli. Now Knox’s preferred medium is large-scale painting.
A longtime resident of Connecticut, Knox grew up in Greenwich, attended college at Wesleyan University in Middletown and resided in Ridgefield. He moved to Northwest Connecticut years ago. Currently Knox lives and paints in the Milton area of Litchfield.