From the Artist’s Studio
An Exhibition of Paintings by Ken Knight
28 March – 3 June, 2015
Ken Knight is an artist whose work bears testimony to his commitment to the long and honourable tradition of plein air painting. This commitment creates, paradoxically, both discipline and freedom in his working method: the discipline of needing to respond rapidly and truthfully to the natural light, the actual scenery, the prevailing weather conditions and, indeed, the artist’s own emotional state; the freedom of allowing the unexpected and serendipitous to occur as he applies paint to canvas with speed and spontaneity in an outdoor setting. Ken’s working method results in paintings that are characterised by their honesty, vitality and vigour. Being present in the landscape compels him to select carefully what he wants to convey of its complexity – simplifying and condensing, so that those details he chooses to portray gain heightened significance.
This exhibition gives us the opportunity to experience works that result from a twofold process of selection: the initial selection of the subject and its translation onto canvas, with a subsequent selection of an area of the original painting, physically cut down to create a “slice” of landscape that gains further potency by being reduced in scale. Whatever the size of the works, all convey Ken’s delight in painting outside in a landscape setting, experiencing the open air, capturing the fleeting moment, and providing us, his audience, with a chance to share that fleeting moment with him.