David Knapp graduated from Columbus State University, BFA Summa Cum Laude, in December of 2013. He currently lives in Seale, Alabama with his wife Taylor, their son Josiah, daughter Olivia and two dogs, Jacobi and Beretta.
David Knapp’s paintings testify to his relationship with Holy Spirit, with whom he communes continually. Holy Spirit is defined on CARM as “the third person in the Trinity. He is fully God. He is eternal, omniscient, omnipresent, has a will, and can speak. He is alive. He is a person [who’s] ministry is to bear witness of Jesus.” Knapp believes that human beings are composed of a body, a soul and a spirit. Because his spiritual existence shapes who he is, Knapp aims to compose paintings that reflect his personal relationship with the spiritual and, in particular, with Holy Spirit. This relationship centers around love and goodness, light and glory. It centers on Jesus Christ, his life, death and resurrection. It speaks of destiny and purity as well as altruism and self-sacrifice. Knapp recognizes evil and negativity in the world, but believes that focusing on a relationship with God the Father, Jesus, and Holy Spirit is the way to bringing a solution to those problems.
A message from the artist:
“Continuing and expanding on previous themes, I portray abstractions of fire, water, wind, and light along with the use of elements such as gold. I have continued experimenting with different techniques of application of paint and continue a predominately spontaneous or spirit-led process. This process builds from the seed of an idea, whether from an experience or a revelation, for each painting. I aim to follow my spirit, in tune with the Spirit of Love, while working on these paintings. Because I am a body, soul and spirit, however, all three influence the work. I paint in the physical and I am influenced by my mind, will and emotions (technical training, mood, etc.). That being said, my goal is to allow the spirit a predominate role in the process by tuning my body and soul to come into harmony with the atmosphere from which my spirit works.”
Two artists that influence Knapp’s work are Makoto Fujimura, a Japanese/ American artist who makes large-scale, non-objective paintings using the traditional Japanese technique, Nihonga, and Alfonse Borysewicz, a New York painter who deals with abstracted religious imagery in the contemporary art world. Both of these artists hold similar belief structures to Knapp and paint in ways and for reasons that correspond to his. Other artists that Knapp looks at are Hiroshi Senju, Bill Viola and Gerhard Richter.
If you are interested in speaking with Mr. Knapp regarding his paintings, feel free to give him a call at (three three 4) 7 four four-3935. Thanks and God bless!