Kris Knight

Kris Knight is a Canadian painter whose work revolves around representation, queerness and intimacy. He is interested in the portrayal of diverse modes of masculinity, creating work that celebrates tenderness, vulnerability and ambiguity.

Knight’s romantic figurative paintings and portraits are simultaneously intimate and remote, heavy and light, dense and playful; presenting emotional worlds: portals of the artist’s past and present, retreating from the muchness of the world as much as they reflect it. The reflexivity of his narratives is rooted in personal memory but also depict life in the present, imbuing contemporary subject matter with historical art references and colour palettes. His pastel and tonal oil paintings conjure a series of shifting moods, themes and experiences that are connected by a wide range of positions regarding the private and public self. Working from personal images often collaged with found imagery and historical references, Knight’s paintings present a quiet, elegant world dominated by sensitivity and subtle melancholy.


Group Exibition, Echoes of Paradise, June 28 - August 16, 2024 Jane Lombard Gallery New York

Group Exhibition, I Can't Take My Eyes Off You June 26 - July 26, 2024 Galerie Alain Gutharc, Paris

Solo Exhibition, October, 2024, Galerie Alain Gutharc, Paris