Los Angeles

Thomas Knitch

The Gallery

Robert Speaker, a young successful medic, has fulfilled a long-desired ambition to participate in the local art scene by opening a small intimate gallery next to his home above the Sunset Strip. Being in a residential zone, the gallery can receive visitors by invitation and appointment only. Knitch, whose paintings make up the second offering of this new showcase, barely merits the honor. A former Art Center student now turned art director for television, he demonstrates an admirable facility in the use of his materials and obtains a richness of color and texture which he wastes on hackneyed subjects. His stylized arrangements of puppet-like figures, fruit, suns, and moons, etc., do little more than brighten the corners where they are. Picture titles such as Moonlight Watered Milk White Bright do nothing to ease the crime.

Curt Opliger