Spinello Gallery is proud to present the much-anticipated solo exhibition of Kris Knight "A Deadly Nightshade." The exhibition features a suite of oil painting. This will be Knight's second solo exhibition with Spinello Gallery.
In "A Deadly Nightshade," the forests of Canadian portrait painter Kris Knight are enchanted at night. A safe haven for rural misfits, Knight's latest paintings revolve around a narrative of a romantic secret society. Drawing upon personal stories, his luminous characters depict an alchemy of the imagination, attempting to transcend the tedium of small town life for the enigmatic depths of a nocturnal forest.
The young men and women that Knight paints are known for their dichotomies, and a Deadly Nightshade makes no exception of this. Notions of bohemia are skewed with tragedy, lush nature is laced with toxic blossoms, and pristine bathing ponds are both enticing as they are treacherous. Knight's paintings reference Symbolist and Romantic paintings, as well as 18th Century French portraiture, but also draw upon contemporary notions of androgyny, the postmodern gaze and the preservation/decay of youth.
Opening Reception: Saturday, June 12th, 2010 / Exhibition runs till September 4th, 2010.
For more information or to get on the preview list contact Spinello Gallery at firstname.lastname@example.org or (786) 271-4223
Image: Pull, Oil on Canvas, 30x40" 2010