30 April 2015 // Sanne Schrijver //Amersfoort


Kris Knight's paintings are rich in romance, emotion, keen stares and an unaesthetic beauty.

In his paintings, mysterious young men linger against floral, leafy backdrops or clearly disappear into the fragile mood of his work. Knight’s youths seem both isolated and enclosed inside the surroundings of the painting.

Knight graduated from the Ontario College of Art and Design in 2003. Studying Knight’s work, it’s refreshing to see an artist who has ignored academic trends and developed his own way. His style is an interpreted in the style of 18th century French portraiture. He applied his own personal stories and symbols into his work. His colour choices are breath-taking; delicate, soft pastel colours which are quietly and well chosen. His subjects are so beautifully painted, with precise detailing, that the viewer is pulled into Knight’s soft, wrapped world. This results in gentle, almost delicate portraits with his characteristic own style.   

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