Ken Knight

the Great Australian PLEIN AIR Landscape PAINTER

Select Works from 2019 “The Waterhole” Exhibition

Ken Knight 'The Grande Canal, Venice' Oil on Board 90cm x 150cm

#13343 Ken Knight 'North Head from Georges Heights' 144cm x 266cm

#14858 Ken Knight 'Midday at the Waterhole 121cm x 143cm

#14452 Ken Knight 'Smoke Haze on the Lake - Narabeen'

#14857 Ken Knight 'Barrenjoey' 63cm x 132cm

#14856 Ken Knight Ábove Palm Beach' 60cm x 123cm

#14573 Ken Knight 'Whale Beach' Oil on Board 60cm x 123cm

#14958 Ken Knight 'Pittwater from McKay Reserve' Oil on Board 60cm x 119cm

#14449 Ken Knight 'The Harbour Blue' Oil on Board 31cm x 68cm

#13380 Ken Knight 'Harbour Headlands looking toward South Head' 51cm x 122cm

Ken Knight, born 1956 in Sydney is one of Australia's most admired landscape painters. "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."