Thomas McKnight's Arcadia Text By Francesco Colonna
Best known for his celestial interiors and landscapes of the world's most beautiful places. Thomas McKnight has also been concerned with an interior world he calls Arcadia - a place where nymphs linger by ancient springs, oracles speaks, and angels fly.
A selection of over one hundred of the new paintings has been made for this handsomely designed new monograph. The beautiful, full color plates and myriad details are accompanied by text and commentary by Francesco Colonna, an Italian art critic who first discovered McKnight's work at a rare exhibition of McKnight's magical paintings in an obscure gallery in New York in the aftermath of the events of September 11, 2001. Colonna subsequently interviewed the artist at his haunts in Europe and america. In far-ranging essay he discusses how McKnight's latest work is situated in a new but traditional way of looking at and thinking about art. this enchanting new body of work by one of the major artists working today is collected here for the first time and it will transport the reader to the earthly paradise of the painter's imagination.