CHRISTOPHER KNIGHTS - BIOGRAPHY INSIGHT
(Canadian, born 1961)
Christopher Knights is a Toronto-based artist who has exhibited extensively in major Canadian cities as well as NYC and China. He studied at Sheridan College of Applied Arts, and has been recognized with awards such as “Best Painting” and “City Archive Purchase Award” at the Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition. Knight's paintings exhibit a profoundly emotive style and provide the viewer with a window into the mind of the artist. The thick, textured application of paint brings life to each canvas, and results in a truly immersive work of art.
Knights is interested in merging a conversation between the natural world and man-made technology in a way which embraces and amalgamates both unique differences. He states that the two are not converse to each other, but rather a harmonious and beautiful macrocosm. His work flirts with the viewer in a way that softens a potential heavy motif, and invokes a playfully inquisitive mood. Each painting is its own journey—an expedition Knights undertakes, through use of a personal language in order to allow the experience of intuitive creation. The artist's stream-of-consciousness style is present in each textured brushstroke and symbolic representation of form.
Knights’ process is an ebb and flow of spontaneous and precise mark-making, exploring the relationship between intention and chance. He allows each mark to communicate with the next, creating a progression of risk-taking and problem-solving moments. Any preconceived ideas of what the image should or could be are resolved, allowing the work to evolve from one mark to the next. Ultimately creating a work of love!
My vision is to create images through the mystery of painting that convey the sculptural beauty of man made objects and the essence, love and magnificence of nature.
2020 Represented by Elaine Fleck Gallery, Toronto
2018 • Represented by CK Contemporary, San Francisco • Windsor Fine Art, New Orleans.
2018 • One Belt one Road China - Canada Art Exchange Exhibition. Lingnan Museum of Fine Art Donguang, China.
2017 • Modern and Contemporary Masters Group exhibition. CFA Toronto
2016 • “Exhibit EH” Painting Centre. NYC
2016 • Orange Crush Group Exhibition, CFA Toronto.
2015 • AFCY Auction, Angell Gallery.
2015 • Out of the Deep Freeze - Group exhibition CFA, Toronto.
2014 • Art Toronto: Represented by CFA, Toronto .
2014 • 7 Toronto Painters, Galerie BAC, Montreal
2013 • ” Reclamation” Solo Exhibition CFA, Toronto.
2013 • Fountain Art Fair. NYC
2013 • The Artist Project, Toronto
2012 • The Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition.
2012 "Introducing Chris Knights" Elaine Fleck Gallery, Toronto
2012 • The Artist Project, Toronto
2011 "Nuit Blanche Group show", Elaine Fleck Gallery, Toronto
2011 • The Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition.
Received best of painting award. TOAE 2011
2010 • John B. Aird Gallery Annual Silent Auction.
2003 - 2009 Co-Founder and Co-owner of Engine Gallery Inc. and Engine Gallery Distillery Inc.
2009 • Engine Gallery Distillery Grand Opening Group Exhibition.
2003 - 2009 • Engine Gallery’s Permanent Collection.
2003 • Engine Gallery Grand Opening
Two Person Exhibition: Christopher Knights and Steven Schwartz.
2000 • “Dinner in my Head” Here and Now Gallery, Toronto.
1994 • “New works“ Solo Exhibition, Gallery 306, Toronto.
1993 • “Liquid Landscape“ Solo Exhibition Gallery 306, Toronto.
1989 - 1991 • Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition. Received City Archive Purchase Award: 1989
1986 • Minature Art Exhibition, Del Bello Gallery, Toronto.