Taken in natural light

Two good sports and lifetime performers and companions – My father and mother.

This image was inspired by American Gothic – a painting by Grant Wood from 1930. Portraying a pitchfork-holding farmer and a younger woman (imagined to be his wife or daughter) in front of a house of Carpenter Gothic style, it is one of the most familiar images in 20th century American art.

Wood wanted to depict the traditional roles of men and women as the man is holding a pitchfork symbolizing hand labor. Wood referenced late 19th century photography and posed his sitters in a manner reminiscent of early American portraiture.


  • Nikolay Semyonov
    Nikolay Semyonovalmost 7 years ago

    awesome work, Robert!

  • bodymechanic
    bodymechanicalmost 7 years ago

    rob it reminds me of that america artist whose name eludes me, nice one

  • Grant Wood and the painting was American Gothic. This image is a study for ‘No Home’(see recent posts). I’m trying to think creatively about possibilities.

    – Robert Knapman

  • VonMcKnelly
    VonMcKnellyalmost 7 years ago

    Sweet twist on Wood’s painting…bravo Robert!

  • Susan Grissom
    Susan Grissomalmost 7 years ago
    love your models, love their expressions, capturing the austerity of the American gothic
  • Silvia Ganora
    Silvia Ganoraalmost 7 years ago

    Great mood here. Wonderful capture.

  • ferndesign
    ferndesignalmost 7 years ago

    awesome i love it well done

  • paulcompton
    paulcomptonalmost 7 years ago

    Clever, amusing and, as usual, well composed and captured Robert.

  • mayuphoto
    mayuphotoalmost 7 years ago

    Your creativity connects to your art so deeply. And I can see the deep connection between the models and photographer… :)

  • Kitsmumma
    Kitsmummaalmost 7 years ago

    This is fantastic Robert, I love it. A modern day version of the original. Excellent concept and perfectly executed. Your models are marvellous.

  • Robert Knapman
    Robert Knapmanalmost 7 years ago

    Thanks everyone for your great comments. I think I may be onto something here. Ok, I’ll come clean, these are my parents (but some of you know that already)…anything ‘art’ and they are there…love em ,)

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