A man notorious among airlines for travelling heavy was left light of head and heart last night when he won the $20,000 Herald Sun art prize.
Ken Knight took top honours and the gold medal at the 2007 Herald Sun Camberwell Rotary Art Show for his oil painting, Dunes in Afternoon Light.
Knight, from McMasters Beach in NSW, is a noted impressionist who spends four months of the year on the road painting subjects outdoors. On a recent Zealand trip e took 200kg of equipment.
“I once sent 160kg of excess luggage to London, but I knew someone in Qantas then,” Knight said. “It’s so expensive to send excess luggage now. But I just can’t paint from photographs. There’s a connection with the cosmos when you paint in the environment. The wind in your hair, the sand between your toes – you just have to be a part of it.”
Dunes in Afternoon light depicts the coast at Sussex Inlet, NSW. Judges Herman Pekel, Colin Johnson and Joseph Zbukvic praised Knight’s delicacy of touch. “This work in the Australian Impression first mode would tand equivalent to any painting in a major gallery,” they said. “The quality of light and brushwork is faultless, the composition is elegant and classical. He has found beauty in the simple.”