A graduate of Tyler School of Art at Temple University (BFA,
Magna Cum Laude, MFA) in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Simmie
Knox as an artist has specialized in oil portraiture since
1981. Prior to that, he taught at various colleges, universities,
and public schools in Delaware, Pennsylvania, Maryland, and
Washington, D.C. During the 1970's, Simmie exhibited as an
abstract artist and worked for the Museum of African Art in
Washington, D.C. In 1971, he participated in the Thirty-second
Biennial of Contemporary American Painting at The Corcoran
Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. with his abstract art.
He turned to portraiture after years of painting a wide variety
of paintings because he found that there is nothing more challenging
and interesting to paint than the human face. He states "I
think that a good portrait is the most difficult thing for
an artist to bring off successfully. Not only must you get
an accurate likeness, but you must also create a good painting.
Somehow you must convey a subject's character, spirit, and
personality; and everything must communicate the dynamism
of the subject."
Simmie has been commissioned by private individuals, organizations,
and institutions and has painted portraits of a U.S. Supreme
Court Justice, a U.S. cabinet member, U.S. congressmen and
state senators, a mayor of New York City, respected civic
leaders, sports figures, entertainment celebrities, educators,
judges, religious leaders, military officers, businessmen,
and private individuals.
All portraits are done with oil paint on oil-primed linen.
References are available upon request. Prices vary according
to size, composition, number of subjects, and amount of detail
in each portrait. Customer satisfaction is guaranteed. Resume
and portfolio available upon request.