PAINTING EXHIBITIONS > Smell The Magic 2014

Smell The Magic
Solo Exhibtion at Spinello Projects Miami, December 2014
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Gentle, almost delicate portraits of young men are a parade of characters that Knight continuously inhabits in metaphor; physical manifestations of the full array of the artist's internal psychological tones. They are secretive, veiled faces that do not directly address the viewer; rather, they are in quiet repose filled with restlessness. Knight draws both technical and contextual elements from the Late Baroque and Rococo movements embodied by artists such as Poussin, Fragonard, and especially portraitists such as Reynolds, Gainsborough, and Vigée-Le Brun. His portraits of fragile youths are charged with sexual tension, completely self-aware, but fiercely guarded.

Knight exerts a firm command over painting, drawing, and drafting methodologies in his paintings, and capably carries his subjects from the past into the present. He addresses the future by proposing new models of masculinity and gender identity: boys can be dreamers, they can be cast under gentle lights and colors, they can wear makeup and be considered both male and beautiful simultaneously. He creates, in effect, avatars of himself: a highly ornate cloak masking his inner self.

Spinello Projects,Miami

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The Flying Monkey
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Diamond Eyes
Oil on Canvas
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Planchette
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Kris Knight
Night Bloomer
Oil on Canvas
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Bougainvillea Goth
Oil on prepared cotton paper
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Leather
Oil on prepared cotton paper
20x16"
2014
Kris Knight 
Wilted Floral
Oil on prepared cotton paper
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Kris Knight 
Peppermint Man
Oil on prepared cotton paper
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2014