Kris Knight – MULHERIN, Toronto



1086 Queen Street West, Toronto, ON, M6J 1H8, Canada

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Kris Knight

Born 1980 in Windsor, Canada

Kris Knight is a Canadian painter whose work examines performance in relation to the construction, portrayal and boundaries of sexual and asexual identities. Drawing from personal histories of rural escapism through imagination, Knight paints disenchanted characters that are lost between youth and adulthood; they hide their secrets, but desperately long to let them go. His mythical and ambiguous portraits are a synthesis of fantasy and real-world memory; they tiptoe between the dichotomies of pretty and menace, hunter and hunted, innocence and the erotic.

Throughout Knight’s professional practice, he has created thematic bodies of work that reference historical notions of regality, mysticism, romanticism and symbolism. He often skews these concepts with contemporary interests in androgyny, psychotropic alterations and the post-modern gaze. Knight’s lustrous classical cum illustrative figurative paintings, stride between a contradicting palette of sensual primaries and ghostly pastels, reflecting his adoration for 18th Century French portraiture.

Kris Knight, Blue Moon, 2012, oil on prepared paper, 18 x 14 inches
Kris Knight, What the Moonflowers Told Me, 2011, oil on canvas, 40 x 30 inches
Kris Knight, Parvenu (The Historical Rise of the Art Jock), 2011, oil on canvas, 48 x 36 inches
Kris Knight, Blue Ribbon, 2012, oil on canvas, 24 x 18 inches
Kris Knight, The Early Riser, 2012, oil on canvas, 48 x 40 inches