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.
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
No title (2)
Oil on cotton with watercolour on paper recessed, 100 x 100cm