Tabla Rasa Gallery, 224 48th Street in Sunset Park, Brooklyn, invites you to join us for a presentation, ART & GLOBAL SURVIVAL, by Anders Knutsson Saturday, February 9, 2008 at 2:00 pm. His presentation will be followed by a FREE showing of the Academy award-winning documentary film, "An Inconvenient Truth," featuring Al Gore at 4:00 pm.
Please join us and share our invitation with friends and colleagues interested in hearing about artwork with a positive environmental impact.
Audrey & Joseph Anastasi
Anders Knutsson, Big Copper Beech, Acrylic on linen, 84" x 71"
TABLA RASA GALLERY
ART & GLOBAL SURVIVAL
Anders Knutsson speaks about art and the essential role of trees in resolving climate issues. His presentation will be followed by a FREE showing of the Academy award-winning documentary film, "An Inconvenient Truth," featuring Al Gore.
Saturday, February 9, 2008
Film screening: 4:00 pm
Tabla Rasa Gallery is pleased to host a presentation by Anders Knutsson, ART & GLOBAL SURVIVAL, on Saturday, February 9, 2008 at 2:00 pm. Mr. Knutsson's breathtaking tree images are prominently featured in the current exhibition, "POINTS of VIEW."
Lovingly rendered with meticulous attention to details, his paintings, drawings and prints capture the unique presence, energy and life force of particular trees, some thousands of years old. Mr. Knutsson travels to the sites of some of the world's most remarkable trees, to study them in depth, prior to embarking on creating works that can truly be described as monumental portraits of trees. Among his works are the Caucasian Wingnut from the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, considered to be one of New York’s grandest, the Bedford Oak that is located just north of the city, and one of the 4,000+ year old and still living Bristlecone Pines from the White Mountains of California.
Mr. Knutsson will speak about what inspired him to transition from imagination-based art to his current work, which he describes as "minimal realism." He is passionate about the power of artwork to call attention to the crucial challenge of global warming, and he will speak about the role of trees as a major factor in resolving climate issues.
His presentation will be followed by a FREE showing at 4:00 pm of the Academy award-winning documentary film, "An Inconvenient Truth," featuring Al Gore.
ABOUT ANDERS KNUTSSON
Anders Knutsson was born in Malmö in southern Sweden. In 1967, Mr. Knutsson came to the U.S. to work as an aerospace engineer in Rockford, Illinois before he began painting full-time. He has been included in over 100 art shows worldwide, including exhibitions in the United States, Canada, Great Britain, all the Scandinavian countries, Korea and Japan. After living in Cincinnati and Manhattan, he now resides in a live/work loft in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn.
"I am often asked why I paint trees? The answer is that I am called to paint them. One of my beliefs is that each individual can make a difference. I have found that the tree is a universal and timeless symbol to all people and that my portraiture (of trees) captures their amazing power in a contemporary manner. Further, trees, big and small alike, are now also central to the solution of what many think is the greatest challenge that our civilization is facing: Global warming and climate change. The traditional symbolism of wisdom, strength, stability takes on additional meaning of the tree as a symbol of our time – representing democracy for some, environmental responsibility for others. From experience I know that a large, realistically rendered painting of an actual tree, can have transformative power on the viewer. It can materialize as a feeling of being supported and centered, as well as a sense of reaching up to the light. In it you can discover an organic structure that is random in its parts, yet whole and complete in its totality."
Anders Knutsson's Big Copper Beech, with Tabla Rasa Gallery Director, Audrey Anastasi