Jasper Knight

Australia 1978

Painting

Jasper Knight
Jasper Knight
Male
Australia
1978
March 14, 2016
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If there is just one name to represent all the artworks celebrating human achievements and quality, handmade things, it would probably be Jasper Knight. The young Australian artist is known for his work in which he welcomes and emphasizes the constructed nature of contemporary life. A city he lives in, Sydney, is an endless source of inspiration, and its harbors, industrial sites, cars, trucks, and boats are painted alla prima, which gives them that distinctive and recognizable quality. Knight’s life story is quite different from other artists, as he is a cancer survivor, but also a gallery owner, which is not often seen in the world of art-makers.

Jasper Knight - West Lamma Channel - Waglan Island Lighthouse - Big Bang Theory, images via The Cat Street, Australian exhibitions in 2010 and 2011, contact is within terms
Jasper Knight – West Lamma Channel / Waglan Island Lighthouse / Big Bang Theory, images via The Cat Street Gallery

An Heir to the Pop-Art Tradition

He elegantly uses primary colors, with his creations echoing Mondrian, Pop Art, and the Sunday comics, and he is sometimes described as one of the heirs to the Post-Pop tradition. Knight is known for his constant new departures in work, using almost anything he can get his hands on, including Enamel, plywood, Perspex, but some discarded things such as signs and tiles. His paintings could be characterized as structural, as he certainly questions the clear border between the two disciplines. Each and every piece is dedicated to contemporary urban life, mostly in Sydney. The way the paint drips down the canvas helps in avoiding the flatness and simplicity, and the use of bright colors certainly helps, as well.

The way the paint drips down helps in avoiding the flatness and simplicity

Jasper Knight - 50s Ford Minniapolis Muscle, 2013 - 69 Pontiac GTO, 2013, images via Edwina Corlette, terms of Australian exhibitions in 2010 and 2011
Jasper Knight – 50s Ford Minniapolis Muscle, 2013 / 69 Pontiac GTO, 2013, images via Edwina Corlette Gallery

Fuck It, I’m Gonna Be an Artist

There are a few things scarier for a 19 years old man than the doctors telling him he has a brain tumor and a life expectancy of under a year. In that point, the life changed for Jasper. He reassessed everything. Happily, the doctors made a mistake, and the tumor was operable, so it all turned ok in the end. More than ok, in fact. After the recovery and after consideration what to do in his life, he decided he wants to be a painter, but his life felt like being on a fast track. He earned his Bachelor of Visual Arts (electronic and temporal arts) from the Sydney College of the Arts, University of Sydney, in 1999, and completed his Master of Arts in painting and drawing from the College of Fine Arts, University of New South Wales in Sydney, in 2003.

Before parenthood, he was working almost frantically, all seven days of the week, often staying up until early next day, and repeating the whole process again and again. Being a father changed that in a way, as he now spends some time with family, but can’t stay too long away from his art. The spark of an entrepreneur is strong in Jasper, and he owns Chalk Horse Gallery in Surry Hills and Gallery Exosse in Exeter, simply adoring ‘’the art business’’. He’s won several prestigious prizes, including the 2005 Art on the Rocks Prize, Mosman Art Prize in 2008, and the Paddington Art Prize in 2014. Knight has exhibited his work throughout Australia, but also in Italy, Germany, China and the UK.

An artist and an entrepreneur

Jasper Knight - Chutes and Ladders, 2014, image via Edwina Corlette, log in to official facebook
Jasper Knight – Chutes and Ladders, 2014, image via Edwina Corlette Gallery

Perfect Work Based on Imperfect Memories

Sadly, many people today have cancer, and many die from it. An incredible courage is necessary in order to defeat the illness, but the incredible will for living as well. Jasper Knight found both, and somewhere along the way, he also discovered his occupation. Sydney is an endless inspiration, and simply walking through it is enough for the artist to find a source for his next artwork. Since he paints in his studio, his memories are imperfect, but he still manages to perfectly execute and create powerful graphic images, often dipping a little bit into abstraction, but staying in the realm of representation.

He is represented by The Cat Street Gallery in Hong Kong.

Jasper Knight lives and works in Sydney.

Featured image photo credits Brock Elbank
All images used for illustrative purposes

YearExhibition TitleGallery/MuseumSolo/Group
2015The Ten Year StormAustralian Galleries, Roylston Street, SydneySolo
2015Island in the SunLinton & Kay Galleries, PerthSolo
2015No Direction HomeGallery Ecosse, Exeter, NSWGroup
2015Sir John Sulman PrizeArt Gallery of New South Wales, SydneyGroup
2015Mosman Art PrizeMosman Art GalleryGroup
2014The Red ShowGallery Ecosse, Exeter, NSWSolo
2014Western UnionGallows Gallery, PerthSolo
2014Kurilpa BridgeEdwina Corlette Gallery, BrisbaneSolo
2014Melbourne Art FairRoyal Exhibition Building, MelbourneGroup
2014Cars = My AutomoloveCaboolture Regional Art Gallery, Caboolture, QLDGroup
2014Paddington Art PrizeNational Council of Jewish Woman’s Hall, SydneyGroup
2014Doug Moran National Portrait PrizeJuniper Hall, SydneyGroup
2014Salon des RefusesS.H. Ervin Gallery, SydneyGroup
2014One of EachAustralian Galleries, Derby Street, MelbourneGroup
2014Australia Day 2014 Celebratory ExhibitionAustralian Galleries, Derby Street, Melbourne;Group
2013Recent WorkEdwina Corlette Gallery, BrisbaneSolo
2013Sydney Contemporary Art FairAustralian GalleriesSolo
2013One piece at a timeBlack Art Projects Modena, ItalySolo
2013Australian Galleries ExhibitionManning Regional Art Gallery, Taree, NSWGroup
2013Australian Galleries at Gallows GalleryGallows Gallery, PerthGroup
2013Mosman Art PrizeMosman Art Gallery, SydneyGroup
2013Location, Location, LocationTrevor Victor Harvey Gallery, SydneyGroup
2013Archibald PrizeArt Gallery of New South Wales, SydneyGroup
2013Sir John Sulman PrizeArt Gallery of New South Wales, SydneyGroup
2013Adelaide Festival Show Todd Hunter & Jasper KnightBMG Gallery, AdelaideGroup
2012Know your EnemyGallery Ecosse, Exeter, NSWSolo
2012Total RecallAustralian Galleries, SydneySolo
2012Survey show 2003-2012Goulburn Regional Art GallerySolo
2012Survey show 2003-2012Shoalhaven Regional Art Gallery, NowraSolo
2012Survey show 2003-2012Bathurst Regional Art GallerySolo
2012Survey show 2003-2012Maitland Regional Art GallerySolo
2012Art in Unusual PlacesArt and About, SydneyGroup
2012Doug Moran National Portrait PrizeState Library of New South Wales, SydneyGroup
2012Wynne PrizeArt Gallery of New South Wales, SydneyGroup
2012Reload – Contemporary LandscapeGallery Ecosse, Exeter, NSWGroup
2011Recent WorkAustralian High Commission, SingaporeSolo
2011North by NorthwestGreenhill Galleries, MelbourneSolo
2011Roll-on Roll-offMetro Gallery, MelbourneSolo
2011Metal on MetalGallery Ecosse, Exeter, NSWSolo
2011Sydney Boat ShowChalk Horse, SydneySolo
2011The Fast and the FuriousMuk Muk Fine Art, Alice SpringsSolo
2011Large exhibition of small worksAustralian Galleries, MelbourneGroup
2011Wynne PrizeArt Gallery of New South Wales, SydneyGroup
2010There’s a Great Big Beautiful TomorrowChalk Horse, SydneySolo
2010Lost HighwayGreenhill Galleries, PerthSolo
2010Road TripBMGArt, AdelaideSolo
2010Chalk ReindeerChalk Horse, SydneyGroup
2010Opening ShowGallery Ecosse, Exeter, NSWGroup
2010Archibald PrizeArt Gallery of New South Wales, SydneyGroup
2010ShanghartShanghai Art Fair, Shanghai, ChinaGroup
2010Melbourne Art FairRoyal Exhibition BuildingGroup
2009Spring RockersChalk Horse, SydneySolo
2009Hunters & Gatherers: Works on Paper, Prints & CollagesCosa Gallery, LondonSolo
2009It Takes a Thief to Catch a ThiefMetro Gallery, MelbourneSolo
2009Chalk ReindeerChalk Horse, Sydney Group
2009Salon des Refuses S.H. Ervin Gallery, SydneyGroup
2009Archibald PrizeArt Gallery of New South WalesGroup
2009Smoking GunsCat Street Gallery, Hong KongGroup
2008ApacheNewcastle Region Art GallerySolo
2008Interior DisastersGreenhill Galleries, PerthSolo
2008Salon des RefusésS.H. Ervin Gallery, SydneyGroup
2008Mosman Art PrizeMosman Art Gallery, SydneyGroup
2008Chalk ReindeerChalk Horse, SydneyGroup
2008Archibald PrizeArt Gallery of New South WalesGroup
2008Abundant AustraliaAustralian Pavilion, Venice Architecture Biennale, ItalyGroup
2008UnderscoreJosetti Hoffe Gallery, Berlin, GermanyGroup
2008Mosman Art PrizeMosman Art Gallery, SydneyGroup
2008Freedman Foundation ShowIvan Dougherty Gallery, SydneyGroup
2007Tidemark-Thames SeriesCosa Gallery, London, UKSolo
2007PlattenbauGreenhill Galleries, PerthSolo
2007DashanziChalk Horse, SydneySolo
2006An Island in the SunCosa Gallery, LondonSolo
2006PrimaryMetro 5 Gallery, MelbourneSolo
2006No Direction HomePickled Art Centre, BeijingGroup
2006Redlands Westpac Art PrizeMosman Art Gallery, SydneyGroup
2006Wynne PrizeArt Gallery of New South WalesGroup
2006Mosman Art PrizeMosman Art Gallery, SydneyGroup
2006Archibald PrizeArt Gallery of New South WalesGroup
2005One to OnePhatspace, SydneySolo
2005The Brett Whiteley Travelling ScholarshipBrett Whitley Studio, Art Gallery of New South Wales, SydneyGroup
2005Art on the Rocks PrizeRocks Visitors Centre, SydneyGroup
2005Wynne PrizeArt Gallery of New South Wales, SydneyGroup
2005Mosman Art PrizeMosman Art Gallery, SydneyGroup
2005Archibald PrizeArt Gallery of New South Wales, SydneyGroup
2004There were three in the bed and the little one saidSherman Artbox, Sherman Galleries, SydneySolo
2004DriftwoodMOP Projects, SydneySolo
2004One of (Festivus)Sherman Galleries, SydneyGroup
2004ABN-AMRO Emerging Artist PrizeAurora Place, SydneyGroup