Born in Manchester in 1949, a former musician, Alan Knight returned to his first love, painting, after studying art at Salford University in the late eighties. Having painted in an abstract manner for several years Alan gradually felt the need for his art to be “rooted in the real” and moved to a representational form of expression, focusing on land and seascapes. Formerly a member of Vernon Mill Artist’s collective in Stockport, he recently relocated to Anglesey which is the subject of many of his paintings.
After trying various techniques and mediums down the years he eventually discovered that knife painting in oil was best suited to his temperament. “I want a result quickly, in one session, and knife painting enables a speedy process. I’ve found that deliberating over a work and being too hesitant always produces a lifeless, uninspired result. Having the confidence to abandon ones inhibitions and paint in the white heat of inspiration and excitement does not come easy. It took me years to untangle myself and begin to relish and enjoy the pleasure of painting and to forget about the finished work, just to enjoy the process. I tend not to think too much when I paint”.
“Of course if art is in your blood it will always surface throughout your life. The creative urge can’t be suppressed, it must be expressed. I take inspiration from the visual world. When outside I can see paintings everywhere. Back in my studio the process begins of transforming, distilling what I have seen into an original, personal vision in oil paint. In the end it’s a question of feeling and response.”
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