Distant House, 2021
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Oil on wood panel, presented in artist's original frame
12 x 11.25 in
"Distant House" is an original oil painting by the Wisconsin-based artist Kevin Knopp. Known for his lyrical landscapes and sensitive still life, influenced by what the artist calls, "the uncanny and overlooked in our ubiquitous everyday landscape." Captured in the soft light of golden hour, the lone dwelling sits in a serene silence. Painted in complimentary colors, the purple house compliments its surroundings while also being made to stand out amongst the golden grasses of the property. Though the house has undoubtedly been standing strong for many years, it is still towered over by the ancient trees that mother nature planted possibly centuries before. The viewer is invited to reminisce in the simple peace and quiet of country life, long forgotten in the digital world of productivity that a majority of us find ourselves thrust in today. Initialed in the lower right as well as signed, and dated on the reverse. Art: 12" x 11.25" Frame: 12.75" x 12" Frame designed and constructed by the artist. Raw maple float frame, constructed with splined miter joints, and contrasting paint in the interior to provide depth. Knopp's work is heavily inspired by impressionism, both in technique and intent, using soft pastels colors and Plein air painting techniques as he attempts to capture "a particular event and emotional experience in time and space that is then hopefully conveyed to the viewer." Knopp has been quoted as saying "The surface of a painting or drawing conveys a visual perception of the space represented, I strive for the paint to dissolve as much as possible into a recreation of a visual experience on the surface of the work.” He mentions Mark Rothko as an example of another artist who has so much significance in the surface of his paintings.