Kent based artist 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, 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
2002- 05 Chelsea College of Art and Design (BA hons Fine Art Painting)
Face Value 3
In aid if the Katie Piper Foundation
18th April 2019 - 29th April 2019
I recently completed a series of large scale drawings for SMC Design, London, the client is Saga. The artworks are to be installed in the summer of 2019 upon Saga’s luxury liner 'The Spirit of Discovery'. The works are based upon british native flora and fauna.
’Force of Nature’
Solo Exhibition based upon the natural history archive collection of the Folkestone Museum
London Illustration Fair
'These Fragile Things'
Curious Duke Gallery
2012 The Other Art Fair 10-13 May Ambika P3, Marylebone, London
2011 Sacred/Profane, Kent
2010 Pleasure Seekers and Illuminated two parts George House Gallery, Kent
2010 Artist of the Day selected by Prof Mo Throp Flowers Central Cork St London
2008 (In)Fertile Grounds Chimeara Gallery, Kent
2005 “It longed itself to touch and kiss so fair a body”, Degree Show, London
Ben Oakley Gallery
Crows Nest Gallery
Various fairs with Art Car Boot Fair yearly
Fiver 4 Artistic UK
Face Value 2
Group show in collaboration with Dan Baldwin in aid of the Katie Piper Foundation
Art on a Postcard
2014 ‘Curio-City’ Curious Duke Gallery London
2014 EDS Gallery group show Edinburgh
2013 ‘Small is Beautiful XXXI Flowers East London
2013 ‘Curiosity’ Curious Duke Gallery London
2013 ‘Burning Bright’ Selected by Rebecca Wilson (director of Saatchi Gallery) Saatchi Online Churchill Hotel, London
2012 The Other Art Fair, London, Marylebone (Selected)
2013 Curious Duke Gallery Young Masters, London
2012 Espacio Gallery, London
2012 Young Masters Fundraising Exhibition, Rupert Cavendish Antiques, London
2011 Civil Twilight: Desire and difference in Contemporary Painting, B&N Gallery, London
2010 Marmite Prize for Painting (Runner up) Central Art Gallery, Tameside. Lanchester Gallery Projects, Coventry. The Nunnery, London.
2009 Arts on the Arm postcard auction for Teenage Cancer Trust, Margate
2009 Turner Contemporary Open Group show, Margate
2008 Celeste Art Prize (Long listed)
2005 Eversheds Head Quarters Awarded show, London
2004 It’s My First Time, Concrete Basement, London
2004 Art School, collaboration selected by Jo Bruton Bloomberg SPACE
Pre-selected for the Threadneedle Prize 2012
Marmite Prize for Painting 2010 (runner up)
Eversheds Painting Prize for Outstanding Achievement Chelsea College of Art and Design 2005
Collections Private collections nationally and internationally