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Kris Knight  Toronto, ON, Canada

Oil on canvas
'Lake Erie (Gold)'
Oil on canvas

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About Kris

Within my professional practice as a visual artist, I have concentrated on the creation of thematic series of figurative works, with narratives that explore various expressions of duality and test the boundaries of identity. The visual compositions I create examine notions of performance inherit in all constructions of identity, whether sexual or asexual.

My project’s themes have often dealt with ambiguity and androgyny, with an emphasis on the notion of hiding and fronting. The portraits I paint are often a balancing act of concealing identities and desperately wanting to let it go.

My work involves the creation of invented and biographical character-based narratives that attempt to find an awkward balance between pretty and menace – an often sad but spirited personal dichotomy that has always appealed to me as a figurative artist and continues to influence my current artistic endeavors.

Kris appears in the following Top 10 lists

'Eye Contact'






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"really emotional. Love it."

"Beautiful. I like the first one better. She looks cold."

"The artist is obviously talented. But his subjects are either immensely depressed our physically sick; there seems no commitment to the black hole of our minds leaving his characters almost lost in a weird limbo."

"i love the first one...but they look sick!"

"Fantastic!! The top one is absolutely beautiful"

"the second one looks like he's high, kind of...but still, its beautiful!"

"They look as though they are sitting or standing right in front of me. Great work, but the first one is my favorite. The last one looks too "loaded"."

"Love it"

"the first painting is incredible. i love how real her face looks. i can really feel the emotion in her eyes."

"i love the top one, i want it in my house. & i hate to say this but it looks like the girl was inspired by a well known twilight star."

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