Paul Knowles (1945 - 2021)
"Purple Tree Shadow" 2006
Oil on Canvas
18" x 24" Canvas
Paul Knowles was born and raised in Hamilton, Ontario. After high school, where he pursued his arts interests and graduated from a specialized art’s program at Central Secondary School in Hamilton, he attended and graduated from OCA (now OCAD) in 1968 with a certificate from the Advertising Design program. Paul Knowles began his career working in the community, but eventually joined McMaster University. Here he had a 35 year career where he was senior graphic artist, illustrator, and supervisor. Upon his retirement, Knowles held the position of Director of Media Production Services, a multi-disciplinary department serving McMaster University, Mohawk College and community hospitals. He resided in Ancaster, Ontario with his wife Janelle.
Paul Knowles’ art practiced exemplified his strengths in the use of light, shadow and simple geometric forms. These characteristics were integrated into his subject matters which were inspired by Knowles’ everyday surroundings. He was known to stop the car with camera in hand and capture a subject matter currently in progress in order to reflect on the image at a later date in his studio. This included urban streetscapes, familiar everyday objects, simple architecture and icons typically Canadian leisure.