30 UPSTAIRS COLLECTION: JOHN WARD KNOX

30  Upstairs  had  a  wonderful  influx  of  beautiful  work  last  week.  The  Les  and  Milly  Paris  collection  adorned  Room  1  &  2  with  our  office  obtaining  some  incredible  new  examples  of  up  and  coming  NZ  artists.  Here  we  continue  to  share  Mal’s  collection  with  John  Ward  Knox’s No title (2).

John  Ward  Knox  is  an  Auckland  based  artist  who  graduated  with  a  MFA  from  Elam  in  2008.  This  year  alone  he  has  shown   in  both  Berlin  and  Sydney.  He  frequently  exhibits  in  New  Zealand  and  is  represented  by  both  Robert  Heald  Gallery  in  Wellington  and  Ivan  Anthony  Gallery  in  Auckland.

Dramatic  in  effect  but  subtle  in  approach  Ward  Knox  knows  how  to  hold  an  audience. From  inspiring  installations  that  get  shut  down  within  a  few  hours  (Slow  Motion)  to   paintings  with  permance.

It  was  his  previous  show ‘moon  draws  water  (i)’  that  Mal  found  his  latest  acquisition  for  30  Upstairs.  The  100cm  by  100cm  work  has  two  layers,  a  watercolour  on  paper  that  lays  behind  a  stretched  piece  of  white  cotton.  The  cotton  has  a  translucent  quality  that  allows  the  watercolour  image  to  bleed  through  interrupting  the  speckled  black  square.  Straight  on  the  two  images  sit  silently  but  to  truly  active  the  work  hold  your  gaze  whilst  walking  past.

The  title  of  the  show  describes  the  artists  confident  intentions,  you  can’t  help  but  be  impressed  by  it’s  water  like  qualities.  Peeking  into  a  pond  or  wishing  into   a  well  it  is  a  piece  that  asks  to  be  revisited  and  we  invite  you  to  do  so.

John  Ward  Knox  has  a  stunning  new  show  ‘‘moon  draws  water  (ii)’ currently  exhibiting  at  Robert  Heald  Gallery,  Wellington.

Words by Jade Townsend

John Ward Knox

No title (2)

2012

Oil on cotton with watercolour on paper recessed, 100 x 100cm

 

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1 Response to 30 UPSTAIRS COLLECTION: JOHN WARD KNOX

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