Kris Knight

Home: Toronto, Ontario
Title: Heavy like Sunday
Media: Oil on canvas / huile sur toile
Dimensions: 76 x 101.5 cm

“Within my professional practice as a visual artist, I have concentrated on the creation of thematic series of figurative works with narratives that explore various expressions of duality and test the boundaries of identity. The visual compositions I create examine notions of performance inherit in all constructions of identity, whether sexual or asexual.

My project’s themes have often dealt with the notion of hiding and fronting. The portraits I paint are often a balancing act of concealing identities and desperately wanting to let it go.

My work involves the creation of invented and biographical character-based narratives that attempt to find an awkward balance between pretty and menace – an often sad but spirited personal dichotomy that has always appealed to me as a figurative artist and continues to influence my current artistic endeavors”.


1999-2003 AOCAD (Honours), Ontario College of Art and Design, Toronto. Major in Drawing and Painting, Minor in Curating and Criticism
1994-1999 OSSA & OAC Diplomas (Honours), Ridgetown District High School


2006 Madame Deficit, Katharine Mulherin Contemporary Art Projects, Toronto
2006 Pompadour, Dale Smith Gallery, Ottawa, Canada
2005 This Hollow, Katharine Mulherin Contemporary Art Projects, Toronto, Canada
2005 I Wanna Be A Pirate Too Baby, Gallery X, Toronto, Canada
2004 Trouble In The Fields, Bus Gallery, Toronto, Canada
2003 Tales of Kick Ass Tomboys & Their Sissy Boyfriends, Luft Gallery, Toronto, Canada


2007 The Armory Show, with Sandroni Rey Gallery, New York, USA; Scope Art Fair, New York with Katharine Mulherin, New York, USA; Minor Melodramas (3 Person), Dale Smith Gallery, Ottawa, Canada; Other Moments, (Co-Curator) Gladstone Hotel, Toronto Canada; ArtLA Art Fair, Los Angeles, USA (2005, 2006, 2007)

2006 Art (212) Contemporary Art Fair, New York, USA ; Casey House Hospice Art With Heart (Auction) Carlu, Toronto, Canada (Catalogue); You Don’t Wanna Miss That Shit, The Gladstone Hotel, Toronto, Canada ; Scope Art Fair, Miami, USA; Art Chicago, Chicago, USA


2006 Ontario Arts Council Emerging Artist Grant
2006 Toronto Arts Council Emerging Artist Grant
2003 Graduate Award: OCAD President’s Medallion for Drawing & Painting


NOW Magazine, Ado About Dos, David Jager, July 7, 2006
The Ottawa Citizen Viva La Revolution, Paul Gessel, March 2, 2006