// About MAK
THE REMARKABLE STORY of Michael A. Knutson starts in Port Townsend, Washington, his childhood spent out in the woods or in his rowboat. At age ten, he moved to Eureka, California with his brother. At age fifteen, Knutson ran away to the small prairie town of Warren, Minnesota where he finished high school and was accepted to the University of Washington. As an English major, Knutson, known as "Mak" became an aspiring poet and a gold-medalist on the freshman rowing team. Michael spent much of his time following the Northwest music scene. It was during this time that he cultivated a friendship with local artist Galen Garwood.
AT AGE 23, Knutson joined the United States Marine Corps and trained in the infantry. While in Chesapeake, Virginia, he started sketching and painting. He was assigned to Washington D.C. on Presidential guard where he rented his first studio in Eastern Market and began painting prolifically. On visits home to Seattle, he shared his works with Galen and other local artists and was urged to show in coffee shops and bistros. These showings quickly sold out and garnered the attention of art world notables. Knutson painted five exhibits before leaving the service in 1998 upon which he returned to Seattle and began painting professionally.
IN 1999, Knutson joined the Soma Group, an arts collective in the Capitol Hill neighborhood of Seattle, making short films and expanding his works to large canvas. His exhibits, in nearby warehouses were large, crowded affairs. In 2004, he moved to New York City, showing in Tribeca. Afterwards, Knutson lived in northern Maine and remained there, painting alongside native Passamaquoddy artist David Moses Bridges. In 2007, he moved to San Francisco until 2010, when he returned to Port Townsend to care for his ailing mother.
MICHAEL A. KNUTSON is the author of Doorguy, Wenatchee, Mainer and The Peninsula. He continues to show his paintings in New York, Boston, San Francisco, Seattle and Los Angeles, heralded by his peers and collectors, including Marshall Hatch (Museum of Northwest Art), Richard Reisman (DiRosa Preserve, Napa) and Molly Barnes (National Radio). His triptych, "Victorian Lane" stands eight by seventeen feet over Neumos in his old neighborhood of Capitol Hill. His newest paintings, "Sketches from a Lost Coast" describe the objects of the artist's memories and returning fascinations: the lone bird on the forest floor or meadow, the trees that envelope mysterious worlds and the small, silver minnow drifting through his imagination. Filmaker Patrick Taylor is currently producing a biography on Michael's life and work.