'Still Life, is Just a Bowl of Cherries'
Biro on paper
Kent based artist Kate Knight works primarily with figurative imagery.
Within the drawn explorations of nature, Knight's concerns are upon the aesthetics of desire, sex and death. The works are provocative, playful, harsh and tongue in cheek. The compositions establish a series of graphic signs, aiming to evoke a narrative whether epic or fleeting.
The current developments juxtapose a darker underbelly, presenting unease; as well as the guardianship of something sacred. This response is loaded with a sense of otherness, something beyond the ordinary; a dystopian landscape. Knight currently works in biro as well as painting and sculpture. The use of biro on such a large scale is labour intensive; enabling very fine detail and presenting an etched like quality. Knight approaches drawing in much the same way as she paints, for this reason she considers herself to be primarily a painter.
Knight studied her BA Fine Art Painting at Chelsea College of Art and design 2005. She was selected as the runner up for the Marmite Prize for Painting 2010 as well as being selected for ‘Artist of the Day’ Flowers Central on Cork Street 2010 by professor Mo Throp. She is a regular participant at London's prestigous Art Car Boot Fair
Upcoming exhibitions 2018
Ben Oakley Gallery
PV Friday the 18th January
Saturday the 19th January - Sunday the 17th February 2019
Face Value 3
Group exhibition in aid of the Katie Piper Foundation
46 ARTISTS ARE PUTTING THEIR WORK ON THE LINE FOR CHARITY AS PART OF A BOLD EXHIBITION ENTITLED FACEVALUE3 (DIRTY WORK). HALF OF THE ARTISTS HAVE DONATED ARTWORKS, WHILE THE OTHER HALF WILL BE MANIPULATING THESE DONATED PIECES. THE CREATIONS WILL BE ON SHOW AT JEALOUS EAST FROM 18TH APRIL AND WILL BE AUCTIONED BY THE GALLERY. ALL PROCEEDS FROM THE SALE OF THE ARTWORKS WILL BE DONATED TO THE KATIE PIPER FOUNDATION, WHICH AIMS TO MAKE IT EASIER TO LIVE WITH BURNS AND SCARS.
JEALOUS EAST, 53 CURTAIN ROAD, EC2A 3PT
PRIVATE VIEW THURSDAY 18TH APRIL, 6.30-8.30PM
FaceValue3 includes artists such as Gary Hume, Rankin, Sarah Maple, Charming Baker, Dan Baldwin, Fanakapan, Jessica Albarn, Hayden Kays, Sara Pope, Patrick Hughes and more.
Curator and artist Gary Mansfield said “This exhibition is a way of exploring human vulnerabilities and seeing how the artists react to having someone else take control of their work. We’ve got some exciting collaborations going on that many of the artists don’t even know about – most of those involved haven’t got a clue who’s working on their pieces!
“So many lives have been changed by other people, in both positive and negative ways. Enraged with jealousy, a man Katie Piper had trusted paid someone to do his dirty work and attack her with acid, changing her identity forever. To give our artists a false sense of security, I told each donating artist that I was the artist assigned to manipulate their work. I had, in fact, assigned another to manipulate each on my behalf, to do my dirty work”.
Participating artists include Lee Ainsworth , Jessica Albarn, Mila Alexander, Franko B, Charming Baker, Dan Baldwin, Dave Buonaguidi, Ryan Callanan, Alexander Chappell, The Connor Brothers, Geraldine Crimmins, Bill Daggs, Kelly-Anne Davitt, Fanakapan, Flowers x2, Alex May Hughes, Patrick Hughes, Gary Hume, Alice Irwin, Jealous Inc, Heath Kane, Hayden Kays, Olivier Kemp, Kate Knight, MC Llamas, Mick McNicholas, Gary Mansfield, Emily Malice, Sarah Maple, Michelle Mildenhall, Benjamin Murphy, Zoe Moss, Sara Pope, Pure Evil, Rankin, Reichardt&Osborne, Rugman, Si Sapsford, Shuby, Nick Smith, Gina Soden, James Unsworth, Justin Virdi, Nettie Wakefield, Ronnie Wood and Richard Woods.
I am currently working on a series of large scale drawings for SMC Design, London, the client is Saga. The artworks are to be installed in the summer of 2019 upon Saga’s luxury liner 'The Spirit of Discovery'.
The works are based upon british native flora and fauna.
Tabish Khan on Twitter: 'Striking painting/drawing' These Fragile Things, Curious Duke Gallery London
Dr. Maria Walsh: 'Knight's work is a feminine deconstruction of Francis Bacon' Artist of the Day, Flowers Gallery selected by prof. Mo Throp London
Alexis Harding: 'Knight's work is like an overripe Baroque Beauty'
Sarah Stewart for Londonist: 'Knight's seemingly delicate and beautiful paintings belie a darker side' The Art of Curiosity, Curious Duke Gallery London
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