Ken Knight

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Landscape images, derived from a direct response to the subject , form the integral theme in my work. As an impressionist I paint en plein aire, painting in oils in a spontaneous and free manner. The challenge for me lies not so much in relaying photographic information, but in capturing the essence and spirit of a scene. By reducing the landscape and abstracting elements from it, I enable the viewer to make an intimate interpretation of the image. Thus perception follows observation in the same way as the viewer may have responded to the original subject.

Through the elimination and reduction of detail I can convey reality strongly and more robustly, without creating areas of unnecessary distraction which detract from the overall picture. It follows that in this impressionist pursuit “less becomes more”. The challenge for the artist becomes one of finding the right dynamic balance each time the easel is set up outside – to observe, perceive, interpret, and abstract. In finding this balance, the artist relies heavily on colour – perhaps the greatest tool available. Colour should not be limited to merely setting a mood or establishing time of day, it should create energy and set up tensions that are integral to the life force of the painting. The control and exaggeration of colour in the landscape are fundamentally important.

Used in conjunction with thick paint, palette knife and energetic brushwork, the artist can create a painting that offers something a little different each time.

  • 1956 born Sydney
  • Studies Bachelor of Arts, Diploma of Education, Sydney University 1975-78
  • 1979-82 Secondary School Teaching
  • Overseas Study, London, Paris
  • 1995,97 Arthur Boyd Bundanon Trust, Artist in Residence, Bundanon
  • 1996 Overseas Study, Paris, London, Amsterdam
  • 1998 Associate Member Royal Arts Society, NSW
  • 1999 Overseas Study, Los Angeles, New York, Boston, Washington, Chicago
  • 2001 Overseas Study, Paris, London, Vienna
  • 2002 Painting trip to England
  • 2004 Overseas Study, Paris, London
  • 2007 Overseas Study, Egypt

Awards

  • Cowra Festival of Art
  • Penrith Art Award
  • Holroyd Council Acquisition of two paintings
  • Penrith Municipal Council Acquisition
  • Wyong Council Acquisition
  • Wyong Council Acquisition
  • The Lakes Festival, first Prize, traditional landscape
  • Wyong Festival of the Arts, first prize, landscape
  • Royal Easter Show, third prize, traditional
  • Drummoyne Art Award, Sydney, first prize
  • 1989 Ballina Art Show, first prize
  • Drummoyne Art Award, first prize
  • Wangaratta Art Show, first prize
  • Junee Art Award Exhibition, first prize
  • 1990 Wyong Festival of the Arts, first prize, traditional
  • 1991 Wyong Festival of the Arts, traditional
  • 1992 Junee Art Award Exhibition, first prize
  • Drummoyne Silver Jubilee Art Exhibition, first prize
  • Wyong Festival of the Arts, traditional
  • Wangaratta Art Show, open prize
  • 1993 Wyong Festival of the Arts, first prize, traditional
  • Camberwell Coles Supermarket Award, acqisitive
  • Camberwell Norwich Landscape Award
  • Junee Art Award Exhibition, first prize
  • AME Bale Grand Winner, Best Oil Painting Award, Melbourne
  • 1994 Tumut Show, first prize
  • Box Hill Rotary Exhibition, Vic
  • Camberwell Rotary Exhibition, Vic
  • Windsor and Newton Australian Art Award
  • Tattersall’s Club Art Prize, Brisbane
  • 1995 Wyong Festival of the Arts, first prize, traditional
  • AME Bale, Best Oil Painting Award, Vic
  • Victor Harbour Rotary Club, first prize
  • Wyong Festival of the Arts, first prize traditional
  • Tumut Arts Festival, first prize
  • 1998 Wyong Festival of the Arts, first prize, traditional
  • Tumut Arts Exhibition, traditional award
  • Camberwell Rotary Art Show
  • Royal Arts Society, Spring Exhibition
  • The Crows Nest Club Ltd Art Exhibition, First prize
  • 1999 Wyong Festival of the Arts, first prize, traditional
  • Stratco and Victor Harbour Art Show, Open Section, Corporate Prize
  • Camberwell Rotary/ Herald Sun Art Show “ Gold Medal Best of Show”
  • 2000 Victor Harbour Rotary Art Show
  • Camberwell Rotary Art Show
  • 2001 Victor Harbour Rotary Art Show, Corporate Prize, open section
  • 2002 Sydney University and Schools Club Art Show, Members Choice Award
  • 2003 Camberwell Rotary Art Show
  • Tattersall’s Club Brisbane, Members Choice Award
  • 2007 Camberwell Rotary/ Herald Sun Art Show Gold Medal “Best Of Show”

Collections

  • I.B.M.
  • Schwarzkopf
  • Kawasaki
  • Down to Earth Constructions
  • Straits Resources
  • Tennis Federation of Japan
  • Lemar Alexander, U.S. Presidential Candidate
  • Parliament House, Brisbane
  • Daiwa
  • Tattersall’s Club, Brisbane
  • A.N.A. Hotel, Sydney
  • Royal Australian Navy’s Judge Advocate General Collection
  • Burton Taylor Communications
  • Rose Bay Sacred Heart Convent School
  • Sultan of Brunei, Darussalam, Brunei
  • Bundanon Trust
  • Wyong Council
  • DDB Singapore
  • Multileaf
  • Commonwealth Bank
  • Johnson and Johnson
  • Archbishop of New York
  • Rosemount Estate
  • ANZ Bank Head Office
  • Hong Kong Bank
  • Westpac Bank
  • Westpac Bank Collection
  • Shell Oil
  • Parker Pens
  • BHP
  • AMP Society
  • The Union Club Sydney
  • Castlemaine Art Gallery and Historical Museum
  • Tasmanian Art Gallery, Museum

Ken Knight is represented in private and corporate collections in Australia, England, Italy, United States of America, Mexico, Switzerland, Belgium, Japan, Germany, France, South Africa, New Zealand and Singapore.

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