Jasper Knight

Jasper Knight

Artist Profile

Biography

A celebrated presence in the Australian art scene, Jasper Knight defies ‘bold and cold’ associations of the industrial. Known for his bright, bold use of primary colour and strong focus on industrial subject matter and materials. His surfaces are often collaged and glossy, providing Knight’s work with lustrous, immersive backdrops upon which line and form are accentuated. Dripping and melting, enamel, gloss acrylic and gesso create textural depth and warmth. Such material transformations naturally lend themselves to perceptions of the industrial landscape itself. Knight’s paintings challenge austere readings of the industrial landscape and replace them with something deeper: living infrastructures, the bones upon which contemporary life is fleshed.

Jasper Knight is a frequent finalist in the Archibald, Sulman and Moran prizes. Most recently he was a finalist in the 2020 Mosman Art Prize, and a 2019 finalist in the Archibald Prize. This year his portrait of Euan McLeod was selected for the prestigious Salon des Refuses: The ‘alternative’ Archibald and Wynne Prize. He has been awarded the Australia Council Emerging and Established New Work Grant, the Freedman Foundation Scholarship and the Rocks Art Prize. He has also been a finalist in the Blake Prize, the ABN-Amro Prize, The Helen Lempriere, The Brett Whiteley Prize and was the 2009 winner of The Mosman Art Prize. In 2008 he opened Chalk Horse gallery with the generous support of the Australia Council and the City of Sydney. Knight’s work is represented in most NSW regional gallery collections, Artbank and the National Gallery of Australia. His first major book is forthcoming, published by Thames & Hudson.

A celebrated presence in the Australian art scene, Jasper Knight defies ‘bold and cold’ associations of the industrial. Known for his bright, bold use of primary colour and strong focus on industrial subject matter and materials. His surfaces are often collaged and glossy, providing Knight’s work with lustrous, immersive backdrops upon which line and form are accentuated. Dripping and melting, enamel, gloss acrylic and gesso create textural depth and warmth. Such material transformations naturally lend themselves to perceptions of the industrial landscape itself. Knight’s paintings challenge austere readings of the industrial landscape and replace them with something deeper: living infrastructures, the bones upon which contemporary life is fleshed.

Jasper Knight is a frequent finalist in the Archibald, Sulman and Moran prizes. Most recently he was a finalist in the 2020 Mosman Art Prize, and a 2019 finalist in the Archibald Prize. This year his portrait of Euan McLeod was selected for the prestigious Salon des Refuses: The ‘alternative’ Archibald and Wynne Prize. He has been awarded the Australia Council Emerging and Established New Work Grant, the Freedman Foundation Scholarship and the Rocks Art Prize. He has also been a finalist in the Blake Prize, the ABN-Amro Prize, The Helen Lempriere, The Brett Whiteley Prize and was the 2009 winner of The Mosman Art Prize. In 2008 he opened Chalk Horse gallery with the generous support of the Australia Council and the City of Sydney. Knight’s work is represented in most NSW regional gallery collections, Artbank and the National Gallery of Australia. His first major book is forthcoming, published by Thames & Hudson.

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2020 Downtown Shutdown, James Makin Gallery, Melbourne
333 Art Projects Presents: Jasper Kight & Amber Boardman in the Clayton Utz Partnership, Sydney
The Joan Sean, Chalk Horse, Sydney
2019 Monochromes, James Makin Gallery, Melbourne
Satellites, The Fring (Anita Chan Lai-ling Gallery), Hong Kong
White Noise, Chalk Horse, Sydney
2018 Where We’re Going we Don’t Need Roads, Chalk Horse, Sydney
2017 Bank of America Meryll Lynch, 3:33 Art Projects
Now You See It, Chalk Horse
2016 Little Wonder, Edwina Corlette Galleries, Brisbane
In a Silent Way, Australian Galleries, Melbourne
Jasper Knight and Clifton Mack-The Lighthouse Show, Chalk Horse, Sydney
2015 Jumbo Kingdom, Cat Street Gallery, Hong Kong
Recent Works on Paper, Art Stage Singapore, Chalk Horse, Sydney
The Ten Year Storm, Australian Galleries, Sydney
2014 Kurilpa Bridge, Edwina Corlette Gallery
Survey Show 2003-12, Broken Hill Regional Art Gallery, Broken Hill, NSW
2013 One Piece at a Time, Black art projects Modena, Italy
Survey Show 2003-2012, Bathurst Regional Art Gallery, Bathurst, NSW
Survey Show 2003-12, Maitland Regional Art Gallery, Maitland, NSW
Solo Presentation, Australian Galleries, Sydney Contemporary Art Fair
2012 Survey Show 2003-2012, Shoalhaven Regional Art Gallery, Nowra, NSW
Know Your Enemy, Gallery Ecosse, Exeter, NSW
Total Recall, Australian Galleries, Roylston Street, Sydney
Survey Show 2003-2012, Goulburn Regional Art Gallery, Goulburn, NSW
2011 Recent Work, Australian High Commission, Singapore
North by Northwest, Greenhill Galleries, Perth
Roll-On Roll-Off, Metro Gallery, Melbourne
Metal on Metal, Gallery Ecosse, Exeter, NSW
Sydney Boat Show, Chalk Horse, Sydney
The Fast and the Furious, Muk Muk Fine Art, Alice Springs, NT
2010 There’s a Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow, Chalk Horse, Sydney
Lost Highway, Greenhill Galleries, Perth
Road Trip, BMG Art, Adelaide
2009 Spring Rockers, Chalk Horse, Sydney
Hunters & Gatherers: Works on Paper, Prints & Collages, Cosa Gallery, London
It Takes a Thief to Catch a Thief, Metro Gallery, Melbourne
2008 Apache, Newcastle Region Art Gallery, NSW
Interior Disasters, Greenhill Galleries, Perth
Apache, Chalk Horse, Sydney
Skytrain, BMG Art, Adelaide
2007 Metro 5 Gallery, Melbourne
Plattenbau, Greenhill Galleries, Perth
Tidemark/Thames Series, Cosa Gallery, London
Dashanzi, Chalk Horse, Sydney
2006 An Island in the Sun, Cosa Gallery, London
Primary, Metro 5 Gallery, Melbourne
2005 One to One, Phatspace, Sydney
2004 There Were Three in the Bed and the Little One Said, Sherman Artbox, Sherman
Galleries, Sydney
Driftwood, MOP Projects, Sydney
Autumn, mk17 Window Boxes, NSW Government Architect’s Office, Sydney
2003 Inner Sydney, The Australia Centre, Australian Consulate, Manila, Philippines

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2020 These Days (curated by Sebastian Goldspink), COMA, Sydney
2019 Sydney Contemporary, James Makin Gallery, Sydney
Archibald Prize, Art Gallery of New South Wales
2014 Salon des Refuses, S.H.Ervin Gallery, Sydney
2013 Archibald Prize, Art Gallery of New South Wales
Sulman Prize, Art Gallery of NSW, Sydney
Adelaide Festival Show: Todd Hunter & Jasper Knight, BMG gallery, Adelaide
2012 Summer Stock Show, Australian Galleries, Melbourne
Art in Unusual Places, Art and About, Sydney
Doug Moran National Portrait Prize, State Library of New South Wales
Wynne Prize, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney
Reload – Contemporary Landscape, Gallery Ecosse, Exeter, NSW
2011 Large Exhibition of Small Works, Australian Galleries, Sydney
Large Exhibition of Small Works, Australian Galleries, Melbourne
Wynne Prize, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney
2010 Chalk Reindeer, Chalk Horse, Sydney
Opening Show, Gallery Ecosse, Exeter, NSW
Archibald Prize, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney
Shanghart, Shanghai Art Fair, Shanghai,
China Melbourne Art Fair, Royal Exhibition Building, Melbourne
2009 Chalk Reindeer, Chalk Horse, Sydney
Salon des Refusés, S.H. Ervin Gallery, Sydney
Archibald Prize, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney
Smoking Guns, Cat Street Gallery, Hong Kong, China
2008 Chalk Reindeer, Chalk Horse, Sydney
Salon des Refusés, S.H. Ervin Gallery, Sydney
Mosman Art Prize (Winner), Mosman Art Gallery, Sydney
Archibald Prize, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney
Abundant Australia, Australian Pavilion, Venice Architecture Biennale, Venice
Art Sydney: Sydney’s Affordable Art Fair, Royal Hall of Industries, Sydney
2007 Memento Mori, Blk/Mrkt Gallery, Brisbane
Underscore, Josetti Hoffe Gallery, Berlin
Mosman Art Prize, Mosman Art Gallery,
Archibald Prize, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney
Freedman Foundation Show, Ivan Dougherty Gallery, Sydney
2006 Art and About, Customs House Forecourt, Sydney
No Direction Home, Pickled Art Centre, Beijing
Redlands Westpac Art Prize, Mosman Art Gallery
Wynne Prize, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney
Mosman Art Prize, Mosman Art Gallery, Sydney
Archibald Prize, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney
Cutting Fields: Collage in the 21st Century, First Draft, Sydney
2005 The Year in Art, S.H. Ervin Gallery, Sydney
The Brett Whiteley Travelling Scholarship, Brett Whitley Studio, Art Gallery of New South
Wales
Sydney Art on the Rocks Prize (Winner), Rocks Visitors Centre, Sydney
Wynne Prize, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney
Mosman Art Prize, Mosman Art Gallery, Sydney
Archibald Prize, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney
2004 One of (Festivus), Sherman Galleries, Sydney
ABN-AMRO Emerging Artist Prize, Aurora Place, Sydney
2003 Christmas Show, MOP Projects, Sydney
Helen Lempriere Travelling Art Scholarship, Artspace, Sydney
Blake Prize, Sir Herman Black Gallery, Sydney
2002 Slacking Off, Imperial Slacks Gallery, Sydney

2020 Mosman Art Prize (Finalist), Mosman Art Gallery, Sydney
2019 Archibald Prize (Finalist), Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney
2008 Mosman Art Prize (Winner), Mosman Art Gallery, Sydney
2006 National Association for Visual Arts (NAVA) Marketing Grant, Sydney Australia Council for the
Arts (OZCO), New Work Grant Established (Painting), Sydney
2005 Freedman Foundation Scholarship for Emerging Artists (Winner), Sydney
The Brett Whiteley Travelling Scholarship (finalist), Brett Whitley Studio, Art Gallery of New
South Wales, Sydney Art on the Rocks Prize (Winner), Rocks Visitors Centre, Sydney
2004 National Association for Visual Arts (NAVA) Marketing Grant, Sydney Australia Council for the
Arts (OZCO), New Work Grant Emerging (Painting), Sydney
2003/4 Helen Lempriere Travelling Art Scholarship, Artspace, Sydney

ARTWORKS

  • Underneath the Wild MouseJasper Knight Underneath the Wild Mouse 2020 enamel and gloss acrylic on coreflute 107 x 107cm

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  • Northern CharterJasper Knight Northern Charter 2020 enamel and gloss acrylic on coreflute 102 x 76cm

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  • Tiger KingJasper Knight Tiger King 2020 enamel and gloss acrylic on coreflute 102 x 76cm

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  • Ford 6600Jasper Knight Ford 6600 2020 Enamel, gloss acrylic and gesso on aluminium panel 80 x 80cm

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  • Two hats are better than oneJasper Knight Two hats are better than one 2020 Enamel, gloss acrylic and gesso on cotton card 102 x 76cm

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  • As the World Falls Down (Finalist in the Mossman Art Prize 2020)Jasper Knight As the World Falls Down (Finalist in the Mossman Art Prize 2020) 2020 oil on linen 153 x 122cm $16,000.00 ENQUIRE →
  • Where's WaldoJasper Knight Where's Waldo 2020 Enamel and gloss acrylic on core flute 102 x 76cm $3,500.00 ENQUIRE →
  • MercedesJasper Knight Mercedes 2020 enamel and gloss acrylic on coreflute 102 x 102cm $4,500.00 ENQUIRE →
  • Small, Medium, LargeJasper Knight Small, Medium, Large 2020 enamel and gloss acrylic on coreflute 122 x 102cm $4,900.00 ENQUIRE →
  • Scoop de WhoopJasper Knight Scoop de Whoop 2020 enamel and gloss acrylic on coreflute 102 x 102cm $4,500.00 ENQUIRE →
  • Let the Sky FallJasper Knight Let the Sky Fall 2020 enamel and gloss acrylic on coreflute 122 x 102cm $4,900.00 ENQUIRE →
  • Box FreshJasper Knight Box Fresh 2019 Enamel, gloss acrylic and gesso on core flute 121 x 101cm $4,500.00 ENQUIRE →

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