The majority of my paintings are veiled illustrations of the happenings in my life. For the past 8 years, I have focused on women as the protagonists in these illustrations. The worlds they inhabit are often imaginary and implausible - populated by harsh terrain and wise animals. As I grow older, my expectations for consistency and my standards for plausibility are disintegrating. Not just in my studio practice, but in everything I do. The world doesn’t seem real, and there appears to be no restriction on who I can become, what I can experience and how much I can create.
The figures in this latest piece, BIG DANGER, represent this potential. Engaged in a moment of reflection or lost in a solitary thought, they are extensions of myself - navigating the vast and unpredictable waters of what might be.
About Kent Knowles
Kent Knowles was born in Cheyenne, Wyoming, on March 5, 1975.
The son of an Air Force Chaplain, he grew up traveling around the world, exhibiting an interest in art at an early age. While attending high school in Europe, Kent was introduced to the large-scale figurative paintings of the Old Masters. His current work reflects an interest in the technical aspects of traditional painting as well as the expressive qualities of figure, pattern and design in contemporary art.