'Siege of Serenity'
Biro and colour pencil on paper
140cm x 80cm
The above image is one of four artworks commissioned by Saga UK
'Spirit of Discovery'
Saga will be celebrating the launch of it’s first luxury liner 'The Spirit of Discovery' in July 2019, Dover. The naming ceremony will take place on the 5th of July and be christened by the Duchess of Cornwall.
I was fortunate to be commissined early last year to create four large scale drawings in biro, celebrating the abundant variety of native British wildlife. These artworks are to be installed upon the stairlandings aboard this stunning boutique cruise liner.
"Kent-based artist Kate Knight’s striking images devoted to the natural kingdom will confront guests on deck five. Each of her detailed images features British birds and flowers, including herons with irises, mallards with foxgloves, jays with Ranunculus and magpies with roses – all drawn in black and white, with accents of colour. She says the finished effect evokes the fleeting beauty of nature."
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, methodically layering translucent colour upon colour. By doing so achieving a rich and vibrant depth to her penmanship as well as a painterly luminosity to her subject. 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. Knights studio is based in the heart of Folkestone’s creative quarter.
Art Car Boot Fair
Sunday 23rd June 2019 1-6pm
I will be selling ostrich eggs, each embellished with original biro drawings based upon 'Medusa’s Garden' featuring the lowliest of creatures found upon the forest floor. Amongst the wildlife will be luscious flora and fungi.
My last series sold out within two hours, you can purchase early bird tickets on the Art Car Boot Fair website
St Peter's Church
I am one of several artists to be recently commissioned by Strange Cargo to produce an original artwork based upon maritime fishing stories. The artwork has been transferred to ceramic tile, where upon a mural is to be installed in St Peter’s Church.
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
Facebook: Kate Knight Artist