We are thrilled to have Ken Knight as our Feature Artist for the Inaugural Cavendish Red Gum Festival.
Ken is one of Australia's most remarkable and admired artists. He is an impressionist artist who expresses his enthusiasm for the Australian landscape by painting "en plein air" (in the open air).
Ken uses oils outdoors and on location in a spontaneous and free manner.
His images come from a direct response to the subject and aim to capture the essence of a scene, reducing detail so that viewers can make ther own intimate interpretations.
Ken first travelled through the Western District in 1977 early in his painting career. Inspired by the impressive and expansive landscape of the Grampians and its surrounds he has returned to the area many times. Capturing its unique beauty in his distinct, modern, impressionistic style, he has described the land as “majestic, proud and beautiful in her moods.”
Kens most recent visit, to the Cavendish area in Autumn 2017 was spent painting for his current Melbourne exhibition.
Ken finds beauty in red gums, waterholes, homesteads, sheep and cattle which he views as iconic components in shapng his view of this unique pastoral landscape.
As a contemporary landscapist his paintings have won him international acclaim and success in Britain, Europe and the United States and have earned him the role as one of Australia's most important landscape artists.
We look forward to having a selection of Ken's works for sale and exhibition in the Cavendish Red Gum Festival Art Gallery.
Come along and meet Ken Knight at our Opening Gala on Friday 13th April 2018
or Meet the Artist 11am or 1pm on Saturday 14th April in our Red Gum Gallery