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One of the rising stars on the Northern Art scene

Alan Knight exhibition at Collect Art

After the successful exhibition last August in ‘The One Man Show’ Alan Knight’s work will once again be on show. Collect Art is very pleased to be exhibiting his fabulous work on Friday 18th March at 6.30pm.

Profile of Alan Knight

Artist Alan Knight was born in Swinton, Lancashire in 1949. In his early 30’s he’d had enough of a career as a professional musician and returned to his first love, painting.

The completion of an Art Foundation course at Salford University gave him the determination and single mindedness needed to pursue a career as an artist. He started to paint furiously and also developed a huge appetite for studying art, looking at all types, styles and era’s of visual creativity.

For around 10 years his paintings were abstract and he made constructions and assemblages, but gradually what he could see around him began to assert itself more and more into his work and he felt the need for his art to be “rooted in the real”. It was clear to him that abstraction had become a dead end. He moved to a representational form of expression, focusing on land and seascapes.

Valuing spontaneity and freedom of movement, he paints using knives rather than brushes to enable a quick clean response

Alan has a love for oil paint, finding immense pleasure in the substance, its richness and plasticity, and likes to apply it thickly with a painting knife, enjoying the texture and richness of colour that this method produces. Valuing spontaneity and freedom of movement, he paints using knives rather than brushes to enable a quick clean response. Alan is passionate about the painting process and always needs to be excited by a subject before beginning painting in order to convey to the viewer the sense of pleasure that he has felt in making the painting.

Artists’ who have responded to nature with passionate intensity such as Cezanne, Soutine, Van Gough, Courbet, Canadian artist Tom Thomson and Scottish painter Joan Eardley are closest to his heart.

An artist to look out for

An article in the EN Magazine, entitled “Where there’s muck there’s brass, investing in Northern Art” pinpointed Alan as an artist to look out for. From this point on he has had a successful "The One Man Show" at Wendy J Levy Gallery and a sell out "The One Man Show" at Collect Art in Lymm. He is without doubt one of the rising stars on the Northern Art scene.

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