“From a very young age I have been interested in printmaking, although I didn’t always know that’s what it was called. The first time I picked up a book illustrated by British artist John Tenniel, I was hooked. Maybe you know it? Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland is a magical book, not only for the story, but for those wonderful wood engraving illustrations.
While my art journey has been long and winding – exploring many mediums including drawing, painting, watercolor, collage and wood carving – when I picked up my carving tools and applied them to carving my first relief print, I somehow knew I was home.
Although printmaking is a broad field – from etching, wood engraving, monoprinting, and more – my art practice primarily uses relief printmaking. It’s a process that still seems magical to me. ” via Linda’s homepage.
Smell The Magic series by Kris Knight. “Gentle, almost delicate portraits of young men are a parade of characters that Knight continuously inhabits in metaphor; physical manifestations of the full array of the artist’s internal psychological tones. They are secretive, veiled faces that do not directly address the viewer; rather, they are in quiet repose filled with restlessness. Knight draws both technical and contextual elements from the Late Baroque and Rococo movements embodied by artists such as Poussin, Fragonard, and especially portraitists such as Reynolds, Gainsborough, and Vigée-Le Brun. His portraits of fragile youths are charged with sexual tension, completely self-aware, but fiercely guarded.” — Spinello Projects
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 and polaroid photography.
Kyung graduated from Sheridan ITAL with a Bachelor of Illustration and is now living in Canada.
Currently, she is working on an illustrated children’s book called Volubilis and the Three Gardens — quote from Kyung Soon Park official site.