Jennifer Knaus is an American artist best known for her fantastical portraits, combining two genres from art history – Portraiture and still life.
Knaus received her BFA from San Francisco Art Institute in 1985 and her MFA from the University of California, Davis, in 1992. She also attended Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Maine in 1991.
Jennifer artworks are composed out of Renaissance portraits of adults and children and Findhorn style flora. Her inspiration she gets from Northern Renaissance portraits and Dutch 17th century still-life. Also, her chaotic but beautiful garden acts like a Muse – summer and farmer’s market are aesthetics’ and hedonistic experiences that really move this artist.
Usually, Jennifer paints in oil or egg tempera. She aims to create some sort of alternative hierarchy of power and beauty in her works. Knaus also inserts certain humorous and absurd elements along with mysterious developed for the atmospheric narrative.
The artist is represented by EBK Gallery.
Featured image: Jennifer Knaus – The Kiss, 2013 (detail)
All images copyright © the artist
|2015||Flora, Fauna, Myth Jennifer Knaus and Adriance DeGroff||Carver Hill Gallery, Rockland, ME||Solo|
|2015||Paintings by Jennifer Knaus||Five Points Gallery, Torrington, CT||Solo|
|2014||Us and Them||Carver hill Gallery, Rockland ME||Group|
|2014||Of Beauties and Beasts||Clement Art Gallery, Troy, NY||Group|
|2014||Fete de la Nature||Littlejohn Contemporary, NYC||Solo|
|2014||Jennifer Knaus||EBK Gallery, Hartford CT||Solo|
|2013||Jennifer Knaus, Works on Paper||Canton Artists' Guild||Solo|
|2013||Our Expanding Circle||Group Show, Paper New England, Hartford CT||Group|
|2012||Anomolies||Beinart Surreal Art Collective Group Show, Copro Gallery, Santa Monica, CA||Group|
|2012||Infinite Connections||Five Points Gallery, Torrington, CT. August||Group|
|2012||60 Artists 60 Years||Washington Art Association, Washington, CT||Group|
|2012||Endless Blooms||Hudson Valley Hierloom Seed Packet design||Group|
|2012||Plight of the Pollinators||Field Projects Exhibition Space, Watertown, CT||Group|
|2012||Jennifer Knaus, Paintings and Drawings||Littlejohn Contemporary, New York, NY||Solo|
|2011||Art for Clearwater||First Street Gallery, 526 West 26th St., New York||Group|
|2010||Enchantment||Curated by Zina Davis. Joseloff Gallery, University of Hartford Art School, Hartford, CT||Group|
|2009||Go Figure||Paper New England and the Hans Weiss Newspace Gallery, Manchester Community College, Manchester, CT||Group|
|2009||Commentary/Herself.June Bizantz, Jennifer Knaus, and Rachel Siporin||Brickbottom Artist's Association, Somerville, MA.||Group|
|2009||Archaeology of Wonder||Real Art Ways, Hartford, CT.||Group|
|2008||Drawn||Paper New England and the Hans Weiss Newspace Gallery||Group|
|2008||Jennifer Knaus Recent Work||St. Georges School, Middletown, RI||Solo|
|2006||Jennifer Knaus Recent Work||Canton Artist's Guild, Canton, CT||Solo|
|2005||Self Evidence||Erickson Davis Gallery, Ivoryton, CT||Group|
|2004||Jennifer Knaus, New/Now||New Britain Museum of American Art, New Britain, CT||Group|
|2003||On and Of the Wall Dave Holzman, Julie Palmer, Jennifer Knaus||Canton Artist's Guild, Canton, CT||Group|
|2001||Women Artists of New Britain||New Britain Museum of American Art, New Britain, CT||Group|
|1999||Recent Work, Kathi Packer, Nanny Vonnegut, Jennifer Knaus||Washington Art Association, Washington, CT||Group|
|1998||Women Through the Eyes of Women||Pump House Gallery, Hartford, CT||Group|