Kris Knight

Home: Toronto, Ontario
Title: Heavy like Sunday
Media: Oil on canvas / huile sur toile
Dimensions: 76 x 101.5 cm
Website: krisknight.com/home.html

“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”.

EDUCATION:

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

SOLO EXHIBITIONS:

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

GROUP EXHIBITIONS:

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

AWARDS:

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

BIBLIOGRAPHY:

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