The Art of It: Something Wonderful
Phillip Knoll’s pieces are layered reflecting a sort of dreamlike state.
“I sort of like the vagueness of it,” says Philip Knoll of his paintings and, particularly, of Something Wonderful. The 56-year-old artist moved to the Berkshires 12 years ago from New York City, and his work is often shown at the Geoffrey Young Gallery in Great Barrington. On December 5, 2016 an exhibit opened there of small works by various artists, including Knoll.
“I want my work to have vast meanings. With this painting, I’m referencing that something weird is going on, but it’s something wonderful.” Raphael’s Madonna and Child is an obvious influence, which Knoll particularly likes for its beauty and sharpness.
Knoll’s pieces are layered, as in Wonderful, reflecting a sort of dreamlike state. The bubbles—which negate the space and mirror the composition—are a compositional idea borrowed from American painter David Salle and French avant-garde painter Francis Picabia. Knoll often uses animals, liking how they represent the human condition.