About

Working across multiple disciplines, Dean Knight constructs open ended narratives that intersperse the primitive, the comedic, the seductive and the grotesque. A self-conscious and tongue-in-cheek take on an obsessive and objectifying male artist is explored, along with the role of the gay man as clown or peripheral deviant.

The utopian languages of Modernism and Minimalism are both revered and disrupted, with forms being pushed to exaggeration and cartoonishly simplified. Ideas of construction and performance are explored through sets, plinths and stages that are furnished with props, but devoid of action. What might have taken place, or is yet to occur is alluded to by an array of cultural symbols including cigarettes, food, clothing, pseudo-relics and sculptural objects, which become ambiguous, fetishised and interchangeable.

(b.1980, Plymouth)

Education:

MA Fine Art, Falmouth University, 2007-2009

BA(Hons) Illustration, Bath Spa University, 1998-2001

Solo Exhibitions:

The Sensitive Gaze, Auction House, Redruth, March 2022

It’s Not Me, It’s Shoe CMR Project Space, Redruth, 2019

Modern Sculpture, Project Space 11, Plymouth, 2010

Narratives: Chapter 1, Sculpture Series, former Boots store, Redruth, 2010

Selected group shows:

The CoWorkers, Studio 31, Spike Island, Bristol, 2022

Plymouth Contemporary 2021, KARST/The Levinsky Gallery

Borderland, Leadworks, Plymouth (part of Plymouth Art Weekender), 2020

Glade (curated by Hugh Frost), Potager Garden, Constantine, 2020

From A to B via C, Back Lane West/CMR Project Space/Auction House, Redruth, 2019

So You Think You Know Where You’re Going? Enys House, Penryn, 2018

Awards:

Arts Council England, Develop Your Creative Practice, 2021

a-n Bursaries: Time Space Money, 2020

Cultivator Mentoring Grant (with curator Paula Orrell), 2020

Cultivator, Professional Development Award, 2019/2020

Arts Council England, Grants for the Arts (for Narratives Chapter 1: Sculpture series, curated by Bettina Wenzel), 2011

Residencies:

Cove Park, Scotland, June 2022

The Cornwall Workshop (led by Elizabeth Price), Kestle Barton, 2022

Publications:

Mid Career Survey, Landfill editions, 2021

Synesthesia, 2021 click here to read/download

Teaching/Other:

Visiting Lecturer, MA Illustration: Authorial Practice, Falmouth University, 2021

Draftsperson for Sol Lewitt’s Wall Drawing #1136 Curved and Straight Color Bands (2004), Tate St Ives, 2021

© Copyright - Dean Knight. Website by Tonia Lu