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“Just finished crying,” “Haven’t slept for a few days,” “Leave me alone.” These are the type of phrases I would expect to hear from the lips of Canadian artist Kris Knight‘s subjects. Or, they might just as well remain silent; the piercing eyes, pink noses and shadow-lined faces contain their secrets.
In his artist’s statement, Knight writes, “Drawing from personal histories of rural escapism through imagination, Knight paints disenchanted characters that are lost between youth and adulthood; they hide their secrets, but desperately long to let them go. His mythical and ambiguous portraits are a synthesis of fantasy and real-world memory; they tiptoe between the dichotomies of pretty and menace, hunter and hunted, innocence and the erotic.” (http://www.madeinslant.com/2014/03/portrait-paintings-by-kris-knight/)