Candace Knapp

Photo Credit: Bjorn Andren

Artist Statement 

I spend a lot of time in nature photographing patterns of light and shadow and noticing unusual shapes and color juxtapositions.                     

This visual information feeds my imagination and leads me to paint inner realms that are alive and filled with light.                                                                  Light is the main subject of my paintings. 

Light has a fleeting and illusive quality. My paintings capture a moment that has already passed away and suggest movement and the flow of time.  

They are all acrylic on canvas.                                                                                Those in the Water Reflections series are 40 by 32 inches and most of the others are 34 by 34 inches.

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Candace Knapp was a sculptor for a long time before she began a new life as a painter.

In 2009 she exhibited a room full of drawings in one room, and a sculpture installation in another room at the Morean Art Center show, “Wild Spirits.”  Her one person show at the Mt. Dora Center for the Arts in 2012 included paintings as well as sculptures. A one person exhibition at Art Center Manatee, “A Gathering of Imaginary Friends,” in 2016 featured paintings with sculptures as well as a book of poems inspired by the artworks. In 2018 she had a one person exhibition at TECO Public Art Gallery, Tampa, that was exclusively paintings.

As her style of painting continues to evolve, she feels the excitement of a new phase of life.

Candace graduated with a degree in sculpture from the Cleveland Institute of Art and received her Master of Fine Arts degree in sculpture from the University of Illinois.

Her works are in the permanent collections of the Memphis Brooks Museum, Tennessee; the Miaoli Wood Sculpture Museum, Taiwan; Mobile Oil Corp., Stockholm; Northwood Institute, West Palm Beach; the City of Tampa Water Dept. and others.

She has had exhibitions in several museums and created 5 Public Art commissions, as well as several commissions in hospitals and libraries.