Artist Paul Knotter, M.F.A. ’79, passed away in September, 2019, at the age of 67. A memorial and art show was held in his honor on November 9.
In the 1980s and early ’90s, Knotter wowed and charmed the L.A. art scene with his unconventional approach to painting and video art, and his funny, insightful commentary on postmodernism. Los Angeles Times art critic Cathy Curtis wrote. “Paul Knotter is a cynic with a great sense of humor. Looking at the weird assortment of cultural trash he deifies as painting, you have to suspect that he considers civilization to be a marvelous trash heap of ideas-encased-in-products and art a kind of mental archeological dig.”
Knotter worked as a creative director with prestigious marketing firms, producing films and live theatrical events. He also produced films for large-scale entertainment projects, including Michael Jackson’s HIStory Tour, the Benefit Tours for The International Red Cross, and The Nelson Mandela Children’s Foundation. He collaborated on entertainment installations for The Fremont Street Experience and Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas.
Knotter is survived by his wife of 26 years, Loredana Palivoda; his mother, Anne Knotter; his sister, Michele Mellott; his brothers, David and Ted Knotter; four nieces and three nephews; and numerous cousins.
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