London based Curious Duke Gallery is proud to announce the solo show of artist Kate Knight, These Fragile Things. Shining the spotlight on endangered species, Knight draws our attention to the fragility of our planet.
Marmite Art prize runner up Kate Knight’s artwork showcases the beauty of endangered animals in all their gold leafed glory. Working across large-scale watercolours, and biro drawings Knight lavishes exquisite details on an American kestrel, a Brown billed Sicklebill and a queen bee to name a few. Knight is heavily influenced by the history of the baroque and rococo art movements, that she layers onto modern issues such as climate change and the animals that are endangered as a result. Knight has brought forward associations with prosperity and mirth from the Baroque period to alleviate these forgotten animals.
Graduate of Fine Art Painting at Chelsea College of Art and design (2005), Kate Knight holds a harmony of luscious colours and glittering gold in her latest collection. The curious selection of subjects includes Hummingbirds, a baby Silver Langur monkey and a Birdwing Butterfly. The sensual details of deep reds and gold nod towards fertility and a new life for previously vilified aspects of nature and parts of the natural world that have been swept into the endangered animals list.
Knight explains “nature plays a predominant role in this exhibition and I could not turn a blind eye to the climate change we are continuing to experience at such a rapid pace and the consequences.” The concept of a more powerful force than just us is key to Knight’s work, not as a crossover to religion, but as a rebalancing of the huge power that nature is. Mother nature in her splendid fertility wipes out and rebuilds all at once; Kate Knight celebrates this renewed landscape with the new Baroque movement.