From 23 June to 22 September 2019, Nick Knight presents his latest exhibition at Michael Hue-Williams' Albion Barn, Oxford. His first major still life show in the UK, Roses features two photo series: Rose Photo Paintings and Roses from My Garden. Both series showcase Knight's undying need to test and confront mediums of image-making, and pertinently, the transient nature of beauty.
The Rose Photo Paintings series is a hybrid of sort; the works are part photograph, part painting. For these images, Knight drew inspiration from artworks by still-life painters including Jan Brueghel the Elder and Jan van Huysum. Created by introducing heat and water during the printing process, they are the result of a unique technique Knight and printer Allan Finamore have been developing for ten years. The dying roses and the running paint encapsulate the slippage of time.
Taken on his personal iPhone, Knight's Roses from My Garden explores notions of beauty in decay. For this series, Knight works solely with daylight to capture an assortment of roses, handpicked from his personal garden. Through meticulous composition, the broken stems and decomposing petals are made to feel wholly opulent; the fragility of nature is embraced.
Interested? You can learn more about the show and schedule your visit here.