The new talent that is Karis Knight is certainly one to watch. Her ever-growing CV boasts murals at Topshop’s London flagship store, and more exhibitions under her belt than you would expect for her 26 young years. Having joined Curious Duke Gallery this January, we thought it was time to find out what it that Karis wants to share with us through her artwork.
Having studied Textile Design at Central Saint Martins she spent 2 years as a creative assistant and gained experience that she says “enabled me to work on large scale installations” with one such occasion being asked to design and paint a wall mural within Topshop’s flagship store. “The success and enjoyment of painting this mural led to many more commissions, and so kick-started my career as a mural/visual artist.”
The artwork that she will be showing with Curious Duke Gallery explores ideas of the invisible architecture of life, with each of Knight’s artworks looking like a universe that is growing. She tells us that the invisible architecture of creation is the “realisation of all the combinations of shape, pattern, colour and texture that are the building blocks of our everyday environments that often go unnoticed but contribute to our human behaviour.” Biophilia, or the innate affinity that human beings have with the natural world, interests Karis as she explores how our behaviour is altered by the architecture of the city.
This is the seed for her latest collection that can be seen at Curious Duke Gallery. Titled, 1,2,3, these works on board combine architecture and sculpture, as they burst out in layers of painted wood and angles. Knight plans to further these works with her love of London, as she works “to discombobulate and highlight the relationship between the natural and man made worlds. Creating surreal worlds where our need to dominate and build vast cityscapes is presented in such a way as to deceive our instinctive inclination with nature to manipulate our body language.”
This post was written for Inspiring City by guest author Sinead Loftus and is the first part of our ‘ones to watch’ series. You can catch Karis Knight’s work at Curious Duke Gallery at 173 Whitecross Street, London EC1Y 8JT in Insert Art Here showing until 29 February 2016 and you can see more of her work by visiting her website here.
Karis Knight Gallery