Jennifer Knaus - The Kiss (detail), 2013

Jennifer Knaus

United States

Figurative Art, Still Life

Jennifer Knaus
Jennifer Knaus
United States
November 8, 2015
Ok, I know it's so damn corny to quote somebody just to describe yourself, let alone Confucius, but this quote says all about my relationship with Widewalls, so forgive me for doing this: Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life. Am I forgiven?

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 KnausPaintings

Jennifer Knaus - A Wedge of Hardy Tendrils and Curl
Jennifer Knaus – A Wedge of Hardy Tendrils and Curl

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.

Jennifer KnausDrawings

Jennifer Knaus - Above & Below and Under Water , 2010
Jennifer Knaus – Above & Below and Under Water , 2010

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.

Jennifer Knaus lives and works from her beautiful, pastoral settings in Connecticut.

Featured image: Jennifer Knaus – The Kiss, 2013 (detail)
All images copyright © the artist

YearExhibition TitleMuseum/GallerySolo/Group
2015Flora, Fauna, Myth Jennifer Knaus and Adriance DeGroffCarver Hill Gallery, Rockland, MESolo
2015Paintings by Jennifer KnausFive Points Gallery, Torrington, CTSolo
2014Us and ThemCarver hill Gallery, Rockland MEGroup
2014Of Beauties and BeastsClement Art Gallery, Troy, NYGroup
2014Fete de la NatureLittlejohn Contemporary, NYCSolo
2014Jennifer KnausEBK Gallery, Hartford CTSolo
2013Jennifer Knaus, Works on PaperCanton Artists' GuildSolo
2013Our Expanding CircleGroup Show, Paper New England, Hartford CTGroup
2012AnomoliesBeinart Surreal Art Collective Group Show, Copro Gallery, Santa Monica, CAGroup
2012Infinite ConnectionsFive Points Gallery, Torrington, CT. AugustGroup
201260 Artists 60 YearsWashington Art Association, Washington, CTGroup
2012Endless BloomsHudson Valley Hierloom Seed Packet designGroup
2012Plight of the PollinatorsField Projects Exhibition Space, Watertown, CTGroup
2012Jennifer Knaus, Paintings and DrawingsLittlejohn Contemporary, New York, NYSolo
2011Art for ClearwaterFirst Street Gallery, 526 West 26th St., New YorkGroup
2010EnchantmentCurated by Zina Davis. Joseloff Gallery, University of Hartford Art School, Hartford, CTGroup
2009Go FigurePaper New England and the Hans Weiss Newspace Gallery, Manchester Community College, Manchester, CTGroup
2009Commentary/Herself.June Bizantz, Jennifer Knaus, and Rachel SiporinBrickbottom Artist's Association, Somerville, MA.Group
2009Archaeology of WonderReal Art Ways, Hartford, CT.Group
2008DrawnPaper New England and the Hans Weiss Newspace GalleryGroup
2008Jennifer Knaus Recent WorkSt. Georges School, Middletown, RISolo
2006Jennifer Knaus Recent WorkCanton Artist's Guild, Canton, CTSolo
2005Self EvidenceErickson Davis Gallery, Ivoryton, CTGroup
2004Jennifer Knaus, New/NowNew Britain Museum of American Art, New Britain, CTGroup
2003On and Of the Wall Dave Holzman, Julie Palmer, Jennifer KnausCanton Artist's Guild, Canton, CTGroup
2001Women Artists of New BritainNew Britain Museum of American Art, New Britain, CTGroup
1999Recent Work, Kathi Packer, Nanny Vonnegut, Jennifer KnausWashington Art Association, Washington, CTGroup
1998Women Through the Eyes of WomenPump House Gallery, Hartford, CTGroup