Artwork Description / Detail
Ken Knight was born in Sydney in 1956. He has a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Sydney University and followed this with many overseas study trips to London, Paris Amsterdam and the U S A. In 1998 he was made an Associate Member of the Royal Arts Society, New South Wales
Knight concedes his work is in the style of the Heidelberg School of which Streeton was a leading member. He spends approximately four months of the year travelling, sketching and painting as he goes. Several sketches are often made of a scene before the final work is executed; a process he says is essential in “freeing up” the work. The controlled exaggeration of colour in the landscape is fundamentally important to his technique. Heavy impasto applied with a palette knife and energetic brushwork creates a painting that offers something a little different each time it is viewed.
After each expedition he takes the paintings back to his studio, where he evaluates and appraises them, often making subtle changes to improve the structure of the finished painting.
Knight recently spent several weeks painting in the North Island of New Zealand, visiting areas he had not been to before; Cape Kidnappers, Waimarama Beach, the Tuki Tuki River and Te Mata Peak in Hawkes Bay, followed by Taihape where he painted along the Rangitikei River. On his return to Auckland he walked the rocky coastline from Milford to Devonport painting the magnificent vistas along the way. This exciting collection of new paintings capture the rare beauty of New Zealand’s countryside, rivers and coastline.
Ken Knight was awarded the Windsor and Newton Australian Art Award, 1994 and the Royal Arts Society Spring Exhibition, 1998, among many other awards. In February 2003 Ken’s first London exhibition was held at W H Patterson Gallery in Mayfair and in 2004 Ken held a very successful exhibition with the renowned sporting dealers, Tryon and Swann also in London.
His work is represented in private and corporate collections in Australia, England, Italy, America, Mexico, South Africa and Europe. His work has been purchased for a number of collections, including IBM, The ANZ Bank, BHP, Westpac, The Sultan of Brunei, Commonwealth Bank, Rosemount Estate, The Castlemaine Regional Art Gallery and Historical Museum, Johnson & Johnson, Parliament House in Brisbane, The Royal Grocers Hall, London and the collection of The Archbishop of New York.