About The Artist
Hi everyone my name is BURNUS M. MCKNIGHT I'm a self-taught fine artist who has been on this earth for close to seven decades. Born November 12th, 1952 in Georgetown South Carolina, during the Jim Crow era. In Georgetown, I remember being no more than 4/5 years old but had the freedom to travel back forth to my friend BaBa's house. which was 4 houses from my house. \We use to ride our bikes through everyone's yard that didn't have a fence up. mostly everyone had at least 1/4 to an acre of land behind there houses. My very first introduction to art was through my father. I remember sitting on his lap in his car turning the steering wheel as he slowly let the car roll forward. He shortly stopped and grabbed a blank piece of white paper and pencil. He started drawing and a speed boat racing on water appeared, I thought that was the most magical thing I ever saw, I couldn't wait to learn how to do it.
In the summer of 1958, my sister and i came to New York to live with my mother who was here seeking employment and getting remarried. We lived in HARLEM on 8th Avenue between 118th and 119th street with a record shop right next door. The colors, lights, music, and all the people had me lit i tried to see everything. Soon afterward we moved to Sugar Hill on 146th between Broadway and Amsterdam. My mother being very protective i no longer had the freedom to run like when i was in Georgetown, so most of the time i was in the house. My sister was still to young to play with i was four years older than her. My elementary school was right next door so going back forth to school gave me a chance to explore. The music, colors, characters, and artwork were amazing to the point it was addictive, i wanted more and more.
Me and my best friend who lived on my floor, his mother was just as strict when it came to us being outside. We always hanged in the hall or in my room, his house was kinda crowded with 7 brothers and sisters. We would compete writing our signatures to see who can sign the fanciest, he won slightly. We also competed at drawing Archie comic book characters, I won. Competing made me realize i have my father's magic hands in me and my appetite for more took over.
Throughout the years I experimented with many different mediums until i got quite comfortable with a brush and paint. I've painted different subject matters so i would be comfortable painting absolutely anything. The majority of my painting is personally related to my history growing up, what I've learned, seen, felt, and experienced. Every month is exciting to me because i have no idea what i'm going to paint next month lol it's like Christmas to me. That Blank canvas coming alive is still so magical to me.
EDUCATION: William Howard Taft H.S., Queensboro C.C., Johnson C. Smith University, Borough Of Manhattan C.C.,
Audrey Cohen College, Center for The Media Arts, and Supior Career Institute.
EVENTS AND EXPOSURE: New York Newsday, Bronxnet and Manhattan Cable Blackwash Television Art Gallery, District 37 Union Black history Month, Verizon, Amsterdam News, Harlem News, Ovation Magazine, Theatre Tour Guide,
Simmons And Simmons Art Gallery, Monark Art Gallery, Townsen Art Gallery, Numerous Black Expos, and art festivals along the east coast.
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