Jasper Knight

Jasper Knight

Sydney NSW Australia
Artist’s Statement

Australian painter Jasper Knight has been a finalist in the Archibald, Wynne and Sulman prizes. Using bright, flat colour-blocking with characteristic paint-drips to depict his subjects, Knights recognizable contemporary style is cool, bold and gives a nod to the pop art masters of the past.


BORN 1978 Sydney, Australia

2002-2003 Master of Arts (majoring in painting + drawing) The College of Fine Arts, UNSW, Sydney
1997-1999 Bachelor of Visual Arts – electronic + temporal arts, Sydney College of the Arts,University of Sydney

Jasper’s work has blurred the boundaries between high art and amateur photography, between sculpture and painting. His works are often an assemblage of plywood, perspex, cardboard boxes, and old signs and are remanent of the found objects used in the Dada, Surrealist, Fluxus and Pop Art movements. However, Jasper has combined the industrial materials of his painting surface with traditional art methods, which provides a certain amount of texture and sculptural form while still playing an important direct link to the actual subject matter.

“My work has always straddled painting and the constructed object. In the past, my materials have added to the narrative content, or sometimes to the context, of the depicted scenes. My recent work has explored this relationship between material and subject, between constructed object and painted surface, in a more abstract way. The subject matter, from wharves to cars, from chairs to landscape, helps explore these binary concerns and is treated in a highly architectural and linear way.”

His focus is often the busy waterway, machinery at work or the remnants of an old factory; painted in blocks of colour that drip and spill over his brightly coloured and shiny surfaces to give the illusion of movement within the landscape.

Jasper has held successful exhibitions throughout Australia and in London, Berlin and Beijing. He has been a finalist in the Archibald, Wynne and Mosman Art prizes and is represented in corporate and private collections throughout Australia.

With a string of sell-out shows under his belt, and not yet 40 years of age, Knight is definitely one young Australian artist to watch.