Christopher Knights is a multi-talented artist, working in a variety of mediums including oil,
encaustic, fresco, metal, and wood. He was trained in editorial illustration, however, his most recent
work is characterized by whimsical and seductive abstract motifs that reference the natural world.
Born and raised in Collingwood, Ontario, being close to nature has provided inspiration for this
central theme in his work. Knights has exhibited in group and solo exhibitions from 1986-2013 in
Toronto. From 2003-2009, Knights was the art curator of the Engine Gallery and the Engine
Gallery Distillery District, of which he was the co-founder.
My painting process is an ebb and flow of spontaneous and precise mark-making inspired by my intimate relationship with nature and the body. The imagery comes from some hidden place within and, as I paint, I slow my brain, creating intuitively–painting what turns me on or what just feels right.
In the words of Jackson Pollock “I want to express my feelings rather than illustrate them.” That’s the elusive quality that I’m after. The finished piece must be unique and deeply personal, one that often makes me feel uncomfortable exhibiting. This allows the viewer to truly glimpse the psyche.