work of artist friends: Ted Knerr

painter, photographer and digital artist - new york usa
abstract paintings and sculptures
and archival digital prints


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Ted Knerr - painter and digital artist - new york usa


Ted Knerr portrait

Ted Knerr digital image

P7, Untitled 6/1999
34x74cm / 13.5x29in, archival digital print

Knerr digital image

P 17, In Sync: No 2
34x61cm / 13x24in, archival digital print

Space walk digital image

P41, Space walk
13x15in, archival digital print

Sacred light digital image

P43, A Sacred Light, 3/29/03
20x24in, archival digital print

digital image madame

P3, "EEF for Madame Blavatsky", 11/98
28x20cm / 11x8in, archival digital print

Ted Knerr untitled digital image

P4, Untitled, 2/99
51x34cm / 20x14in, archival digital print

Ted Knerr painting image

Number 6 - 1991
198x244cm / 78x96in, acrylic on canvas

Ted Knerr painting

Number 1 - 2004
66x78in, acrylic on canvas

abstract art picture

Number 11-1996
168 x 132cm / 66 x 52in, acrylic on canvas

Ted Knerr abstract painting

Number 1-1997
203 x 183cm / 80 x 72in, acrylic on canvas

Knerr abstract art painting

Number 12 - 1996
168 x 127cm /  66 x 50in, acrylic on canvas

large abstract painting

Number 9 - 1996
122 x 81cm / 48 x 32in, acrylic on canvas

digital abstract image

P10, Untitled
23x29cm / 9x11.5in, archival digital print

colourful abstract painting

Number 13 - 1996
31x28cm / 12x11in, acrylic on canvas

artist's statement


I've gradually arrived at the belief that the images given to me in my art embody states of being. They are representatives of a world where body, mind and spirit are one entity.  They are sometimes difficult to get, but I'm rewarded when I return quietly and openly to invite their radiance to flow through me.

To quote Rumi, "Do you think I know what I am doing? . . . As much as a pen knows what it is writing".  I'm an instrument in the hand of cosmic forces. I try to minimize my own control over my art to allow transcendent concepts to find expression. I open up the window of creative energy by letting artistic determinations be made outside my conscious direction. This service to the world gives me happiness, focus, clarity and peace. I am filled with a reverence for the universe and every person in it. The full-spectrum color and variety of styles in my work is an expression of the equal value of each individual.

Abstract art allows me to enter more surely into a field of energy which is a spiritual arena. Kandinski and Mondrian were drawn to abstraction to express their spirit more fully than traditional art encourages. By avoiding pictures of things and the stories that inevitably grow out of them, spirit may be directly embodied in art, not added to what is mainly a narrative. Instead of illustrating spiritual ideas they made art that, in itself, is a direct manifestation of spiritual energy; clear, splendid and joyous.

Our culture values material things. The public tends to be impatient with abstract art and prefers to sit back and be amused and distracted, not challenged. Young children, less indoctrinated by society, often understand art when adults don't. They feel its energy directly without prejudging it or intellectualizing about it. They sense people's energies in the same way.

In the new millennium we are experiencing a spiritual revolution. Most people are not aware of this and ignore the evidence all around them. The collapse of dictatorships, the growth of democracy, peace on a global scale if not yet everywhere, increased sensitivity to our problems of the ecology, a gradual ebbing of intolerance, a growing awareness that our health is our personal responsibility and an increased recognition that we need to accept responsibility for our own spiritual lives.

I am a part of this spiritual revolution, as we all are. I am a transmitter of visual/poetic energy through my painting. I feel an obligation to help these images move on into the world where they will be seen and may find acceptance by those ready to 'hear' their music.

Years ago in a period of difficulty I began using the I Ching, the Chinese book of changes, and have followed its spiritual advice since in my life and art. Many works are thoroughly guided by it and rise to levels I have not achieved alone.

  In 1978 a new form appeared in my paintings representing a particular life-force and called the 'eef' for its combination of E and F forms. Surrounding it is a field of energy that infuses it with influences. The flow of energy goes both ways. The summation of every individual life-force in the universe results in the formation of this field. This interrelation of the eef form and the field, mutually interactive, formed the central theme of my work. My work became a concrete, vivid celebration of our complex universe, expressing the idea that each of us is connected to the universal field and, through it, to each other.

In January 2000 in print P10, white areas began to open the space and lighten the atmosphere. On an intermittent basis the whites continued to grow and began to break up the outer rectangle of the picture plane so the white space outside entered and flowed through the image area. The white became a larger field for the image to operate in. Metaphorically more 'universal' than previously. I broke out of 'the box' and got a wider perspective. Instead of feeling an inhabitant of the box, the viewer is suddenly rocketed to a place where the box is seen as one world among many. Like looking back at the Earth from space, one has new thoughts about it. It's sort of like finding oneself as 'the observer' who can look at one's 'personality' in meditation, and so find that what one has identified so completely with is not the real me, or at least not the whole me.

In this new, open space, objects began to take on more individual shapes since they are no longer pressed against one another like cells in a honeycomb. And they become clearly seen as separate from the background. The whole concept of the eef and the field seems to have transmuted into a new concept that I have now no clear description of. The eef is disappearing, despite my wanting to hang onto it (because of my identification with it and out of nostalgia too I guess). But I do know that I have gone through a major transformation this year.

For at least nine months now I have been able to sustain a higher state of being that before was only occasional. Any slipping back into my old self is immediately noticed by my observer and I take steps to raise my sights. I know any unhappiness is coming from inside, not from anyone or anything outside. Since I have no denial about this, I can deal with the real problem and resolve it quickly in a few hours.

Ted Knerr, 2000 - 2002

Ernie Gerzabek Artist Gallery


Ernie Gerzabek 2000-2016

Examples of the work of contemporary artist friend Ted Knerr, a painter, photographer and digital artist.  He lives in New York USA.
His artworks include abstract paintings and sculptures, art photos and archival digital prints.