Peter Knapp graduated with a degree in art from UMass in 1972. His early work consisted of woodcuts, drawings and painting. Followed by interest in computers as an expressive tool, this led to digital photography. His work now involves mixed media/painting, woodcut printmaking, drawing and continued interest in photography and the computer.
The artist has been included in numerous juried art exhibitions, accepted by jurors who are curators at major museums such as the Museum of Modern Art, Boston Museum of Fine Arts, Washington DC National Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Museum of Art, RISD Museum of Art, NY Metropolitan Museum of Art, Oceanside California Museum of Art, LA Museum of Contemporary Art, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, and the Whitney Museum of American Art.
The primary source of the artist’s inspiration is nature and his environment. He also finds his work influenced by a growing number of early modern, modern and contemporary artists. Some of these include Georgiana Houghton, Wassily Kandinsky, Willem DeKooning, Leonard Baskin, Hyman Bloom, and Jean-Michel Basquiat.
The artist is currently creating mixed media and woodcut works in his studio in Sunderland, Massachusetts. He is married to Jane and has two grown daughters, Elizabeth and Jillian.