An exhibition of new works by Ken Knight
OCEAN AND EARTH
Exhibition opening and meet the artist
Saturday 1st September 2018 at 2pm
At the Octagon ArtSpace, Bungendore Wood Works Gallery
Continues until 5pm October 14th 2018
This will be his 6th solo exhibition here at Bungendore and he has also been part of a number of group exhibitions. In fact, Ken’s exhibition history is quite remarkable. Since his first public showing in 1979 he has had more than sixty one man exhibitions in galleries throughout the world, including London, New York and Auckland. He has shown in every capital city in Australia. The fact that he travels to these areas to paint for the exhibitions indicates a high degree of motivation, commitment and professionalism.
Ken works in oils producing all paintings in situ, regardless of weather conditions and distance. For example, in 2020 he will travel to Antarctica with all his painting gear to paint this dramatic, beautiful and harsh landscape. Ken is regarded as the pre eminent contemporary impressionist artist in Australia, producing impressive bodies of work for leading Commercial and Regional galleries. Bungendore Woodworks Gallery is delighted to present this important exhibition of recent paintings.
Stan d’Argeavel - Exhibition Coordinator
OCEAN AND EARTH
Responding to nature using paint has been my driving force since I first started painting in the late 1970’s. My reaction to the landscape is more layered and complex when I have the easel set up outside, as opposed to painting in the studio from photographs and memory. There is a fundamental, immediate and direct response to the elements when painting plein air. I feel almost a part of the landscape when I paint “outside” in the bush or on the beach. Typically, I paint for up to five hours at a time in the one location, and I spend up to ten days away painting when I travel. These intensive sessions yield a wealth of primary material, but only a small proportion of these works are fine tuned back in the studio to be released into the gallery system.
Recently I have been painting large works outside. I remember nearly thirty years ago visiting the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam with Louise. All the paintings on the wall were large. At that point in time, I was content to paint small works, but it was a defining moment seeing and feeling these large and important paintings. Large paintings have an obvious presence due to their size, and in this current exhibition at BWWG I owe a debt to Van Gogh for this inspiration.
An artist is always trying to improve his work and the presentation of the finished paintings, and to this end I have utilised 23ct water gilded frames in this exhibition. They are extremely beautiful… and expensive. Brett Whiteley used these frames extensively on his paintings as the lustre and opulence of the gold complemented the strong colours that he used in his palette, in particular the blues. The frames are not ornate but classically simple and elegant.
I have titled this exhibition “Ocean and Earth” as it expresses my love and awe of Nature. I am driven to paint because I am an artist, and it defines who I am. Even though every painting in the show has been painted on location, the paintings are less reliant on place and topography than previous exhibitions. There has been an abundance of experiences painting on location for forty years. I have felt an enduring, characteristic signature that encapsulates Australian light and landscape, and it is totally unique and different to other landscapes in the world.
All landscapes have a distinctive energy and it is this spirit of the landscape that defines a place specifically. As a contemporary impressionist, I believe it is a landscape artist’s role to try and articulate this; to get it down quickly and to get it down right. Painting outside, or this “pure contact with nature “allows me to do this… to interpret, abstract and to respond to the landscape.