"Love Letter, After Kunimasa" is a hand-painted lithograph by Michael Knigin. It is signed in the lower right and is edition 16/200. This print is inspired by the Ukiyo-e prints of Utagawa Kunimasa.
32" x 19" art
41 3/4" x 28 7/8" framed
Michael Knigin was born in 1942 in Brooklyn, New York. He studied lithography at the Tamarind Lithography workshop in Los Angeles. He started teaching at the Pratt Graphic Center and started a fine art lithography workshop and his own publishing company. This company printed and published works for influential contemporary artists like Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, and Paul Jenkins. In 1970 and 1971 he co-authored two books on lithography, which were published by Van Nostrand/Reinhold. One of these books was a textbook on fine art lithography and was used extensively in schools in the United States and Britain. After selling Chiron Press in 1974, Knigin was invited by the Israel Museum and the Jerusalem Foundation to establish the first professional lithography workshop in Israel and to train a group of young Israeli artists.
Later, Knigin was appointed a Professor at the Pratt Institute. In 1988 he was appointed to the NASA Art Team and was sent to the Kennedy Space Center to visually interpret the launch of the space shuttle Discovery, celebrating NASA's return to space after the Challenger disaster in 1986. In 1991 he was recalled to interpret the touchdown of the space shuttle Atlantis at Edward's Air Force Base. Along with these honors, he has received many awards including Cleo Award for art direction, a fellowship of the American Film Institute in Los Angeles, an Art and Technology Grant, two Certificates of Merit from the National Society of Illustrators
Michael's work is included in over 60 museums and corporate collections, including the Whitney American Museum of Art, Albright-Knox, The Cooper Hewitt Museum, among many others. His contributions to Israel and The United States are well respected by artists, educators, and collectors alike. Knigin passed away in 2011.