John Knight

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Hawkweed (Orange and Yellow)

SOLD
Hawkweed (Orange and Yellow)
acrylic on canvas, 18x18"

Scarlet Pimpernel

$850
Scarlet Pimpernel
acrylic on canvas, 20x16"

Harebell

$850
Harebell
acrylic on canvas, 20x16"

Northern Willowherb

$850
Northern Willowherb
acrylic on canvas, 20x16"


Bio

John Knight received his MFA. in painting from American University, and his BFA in painting from Indiana University. His work has been included in Biennial exhibitions at the Portland Museum of Art and the Center for Maine Contemporary Art.  Nationally, he has been awarded a fellowship at the Fine Arts Work Center (2003-04), and residencies at the Millay Colony for the Arts (1999) and the Vermont Studio Center (1994). In Maine he has been awarded residencies at Great Spruce Head Island, Acadia National Park (2002), and Monhegan Island (Carina House, 2001). He was the Maine Arts Commission Visual Arts Fellow for 2007.

In 2015, he used a grant from the Berkshire Taconic Foundation to research medicinal and dietary uses of plant that he depicts.  

Knight lives and works in Portland, Maine.

Artist Statement

Wildflowers often have a strong central stalk and appear solidly rooted in the ground, but as they reach upwards into the sky they explode outwards in a display of shoots, blooms, and seed-pods that release their contents up into the atmosphere.  They are a perfect symbol of power and beauty in the natural world as their growth suggests an unstoppable life force expanding upwards and outwards.  The plants also act as foil to the traditional landscape as their vertical thrust breaks through the horizon line.  Land and sky wrap around the central axis of the plant stalk and forms of clouds, trees, and botanical shapes intermingle.