Kris Knight is a Canadian painter whose work examines performance in relation to the construction, portrayal and boundaries of sexual and asexual identities. 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.

Within their apparent ambiguity, Knight’s sensitive paintings and portraits evoke a series of shifting emotions, themes and experiences – from loneliness, competiveness, numbness, loss, and love, to the need to seek attention, the need to put on airs and perform, the need to cope and the need for privacy.  Some works are dark and melancholic; others are tinged with notes of humor and sensuality, sweetness, elegance and light. 

Throughout Knight's professional practice, he has created thematic bodies of work that reference historical notions of regality, mysticism, romanticism and symbolism. He often skews these concepts with contemporary interests in androgyny, fashion, psychotropic alterations and the post-modern gaze. Knight's lustrous classical cum illustrative figurative paintings, stride between a contradicting palette of sensual primaries and ghostly pastels, reflecting his adoration for 18th Century French portraiture and Polaroid film.

Kris Knight (b. 1980, Canada) is a Toronto based artist who received his Associate degree from the Ontario College of Art and Design (OCADU) in 2003.  His work has been shown internationally over the past decade including solo and group exhibition and art fair features in Toronto, New York, Miami, Paris, Amsterdam, Copenhagen and Los Angeles and has been featured in numerous publications such as Interview Magazine, Vogue, Public Art, Harper’s Bazaar, The Globe and Mail, WWD, The Miami New Times and L’Officiel Hommes.  His work is included in numerous public and private collections including the Royal Bank of Canada, The Beth Rudin DeWoody Collection, The Oppenheimer Collection, The Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, 21C Museum of Contemporary Art, The Agnes Etherington Art Centre of Queen’s University, and corporate collections like Gucci, with whom the artist collaborated with in 2014/15 on numerous projects including a dark and mystical reimagining of the house’s iconic floral pattern dubbed “Flora Knight”.

Navy, 2017, oil on canvas, 14 x 11 inches

Joey, 2017, oil on canvas, 14 x 11 in

Joey, 2017, oil on canvas, 14 x 11 in

Caterpillar, 2016, oil on canvas, 18 x 14 in

Golden Hollyhock, 2017, oil on prepared cotton paper, 14 x 11 in

Purple Blue, Summer 96, 2017, oil on prepared cotton paper, 14 x 11 in





1999-2003 AOCAD (Honours), Ontario College of Art and Design, Toronto.

 Major in Drawing and Painting, Minor in Curating and Criticism

1994-1999 OSSA & OAC Diplomas (Honours), Ridgetown District High School 



2016           Throwing Shadows, Galerie Alain Gutharc, Paris, France

2015           Never-Never, Mulherin, Toronto, Canada

2014           Smell The Magic, Spinello Projects, Miami, USA

2013           Secrets Are The Things We Grow, Mulherin+Pollard, New York, USA 

2011           The Lost and Found, Rize Gallery, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

2011           Tragic Kingdom, Katharine Mulherin Contemporary Art Projects, Toronto

2010           A Deadly Nightshade, Spinello Gallery, Miami, USA

2009           Farewell Log Cabin, Katharine Mulherin Contemporary Art Projects, Toronto

2008           So Long Scarecrow, Spinello Gallery, Miami, USA

2007           How We Quit The Forest, Katharine Mulherin Contemporary Art Projects, Toronto, Canada



2017           O! Watt Up, M.A.B.A, Paris, France

                   PINK, Colette, Paris, France

                   Springbreak Art Fair with Mulherin NY, New York, USA


2016           Sea, Sex and Sun, Galerie Alain Gutharc, Paris, France

                  Angel Dust, The Drake, Toronto, Canada

                   YIA Art Fair with Galerie Alain Gutharc, Brussels, Belgium

                   Homecoming, Thames Art Gallery, Chatham, Canada


2015           Untitled Art Fair with Mulherin, Miami, USA

                   Full Moon, Spinello Projects, Miami, USA

                   Art Market San Francisco, San Francisco, USA

                   The Language of Flowers, Paul Petro Contemporary Art, Toronto, Canada

                   Art Toronto with Mulherin, Toronto, Canada


2014           Lumières: Carte Blanche à Christian Lacroix, Musée Cognacq-Jay, Paris, France (Catalogue)

                   FIAC with Galerie Alain Gutharc, Paris, France

                   Guest Star, Mulherin + Pollard, New York, USA

                   Remember Who I’m, Galerie Alain Gutharc, Paris, France

                   SHAPESHIFTING : Contemporary Masculinities, College of Wooster Art Museum, Wooster, USA


2013           Blue Gaze, Volta NY with Mulherin, New York, USA

                   10th Anniversary Show, Gallery Poulsen, Copenhagen, Denmark

                   Secrets, Galerie Thomas Fuchs, Stuttgart, Germany

                   ART TORONTO with Mulherin, Toronto, Canada 

                   CART Apartment, New York, USA

                   Rock$Them, Rox Gallery, New York, USA

                   RAW Art Fair with Rize Art Gallery, Rotterdam, The Netherlands

Untitled Miami Beach International Art Fair with Mulherin, Miami, USA


2012           Makin’ It Natural, Mulherin + Pollard, New York, USA

                   13, Mulherin + Pollard, New York, USA

                   Teen Dream, Katharine Mulherin Contemporary Art Projects, Canada

                   The Armory Show, with Katharine Mulherin, New York, USA

                   Texas Contemporary Art Fair with Katharine Mulherin, Houston, USA


2011           ArtParis 2011, with Rize Art Gallery, Paris, France  

                   Good To See You, The Drake Hotel, Toronto, Canada

                   Ten, Eleven, Twelve, Mulherin Pollard, New York, USA


2010           The Reflexive Self, Mike Weiss Gallery, New York, USA

                   Zona Maco, Mexico Arte Contemporaneo, with Spinello Gallery, Mexico City, Mexico

                   The Road Less Travelled, KMLA, Los Angeles, USA

                   That’s So Gay, The Gladstone Hotel, Toronto

                   Aqua Art Miami, Miami USA


2009           National Portrait Competition, The Kingston Prize, (National Touring Exhibition), Canada

                   New/Now, Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas, USA


2008           Characteristics, Galerie Push, Montreal, Canada

                   Sexy Time, Morgan Lehman Gallery, New York, USA

                   Pulse, Miami with Spinello Gallery

                   The Heart is a Lonely Hunter, 31Grand, New York, USA

                   The Effect of Your Body, MCV/NYC, Brooklyn, USA

                   Scope Basel with Katharine Mulherin, Basel, Switzerland

                   CIRCA Puerto Rico, with Katharine Mulherin, San Juan, Puerto Rico

                   NEXT Contemporary Art Fair, Chicago, USA


2007           Littlest Sister, Spinello Gallery, Miami, USA

                   The Armory Show, with Sandroni Rey Gallery, New York, USA

                  ArtLA Art Fair, Los Angeles, USA





2014           Ontario Arts Council Mid Career Artist Grant

2014           Toronto Arts Council Mid Career Artist Grant

2011           Ontario Arts Council Emerging Artist Grant

2011           Toronto Arts Council Emerging Artist Grant

2008           Ontario Arts Council Emerging Artist Grant

2006           Ontario Arts Council Emerging Artist Grant

2006           Toronto Arts Council Emerging Artist Grant

2003           Graduate Award: OCAD President’s Medallion for Drawing & Painting

                   Nora E. Vaughan Award, OCAD, Toronto, Canada

                   David L. Stevenson Scholarship, OCAD, Toronto, Canada



BOYCOTT Magazine, “Kris Knight”, Ariel Kenig, Spring/Summer, 2016

The Walrus, “Pretty Boys”, Sasha Chapin, May 2016

L’Officiel Hommes Türkiye, “Pastel Erotika”, Günes Uysalefe, Sayi 9, Ilkbahar 2016

German Art, “Jäger und Gejagte” Claudia Bodin, January, 2016

L’Officiel Hommes NL “Milde Rebelle”, Door Kaira van Wijk, No. 9, lente/zomer 2015

Harper’s Bazaar Art, “Kris Knight, (Cover) April, 2015

Interview Magazine, “Kris Knight” by Frida Giannini, December/January 2015

GAYLETTER, “Kris Knight in Full Bloom”, Patrick Sweeney, Issue 02, 2015

Miami New Times, “The Magic of Kris Knight”, Jose D. Duran, December 1, 2014

The Globe and Mail, “Kris Knight” Samra Habib, October 3, 2014

C★NDY, “Kris Knight”, Juan-Dario Gomez, Issue 7, Winter 2013//14

Untitled Project, “Disappear”, Dennis Golanka, Issue 6, 2013/14

Fashion For Men, “Kris Knight - Blue Eyes” Pier Mario Simula, (Cover Story) Milan Vukmiroiv Publishing, Issue 02, Winter 2012/Spring 2013

Gorgeous Gallery, David Leddick, Bruno Gmunder (Berlin) ISBN 3867872481, 2012

Public Art Magazine, “Kris Knight” (Cover Story), Issue #66, March 2012

Miami New Times, “Refugees From Reality” July 16, 2010

artUS, Profile: Kris Knight, Otino Corsano, Issue #26, 2009-1

PREF, “Kris Knight, Le Chasseur de Beaute” Juan Dario Gomez, Issue 32, May/June 2009

artUS Magazine, “Kris Knight” Nadja Sayej, Issue 22, Spring 2008



Royal Bank of Canada

The Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas, USA

The Oppenheimer Collection, USA

21c Museum of Contemporary Art, Louisville, Kentucky, USA

Agnes Etherington Art Centre, Queen’s University, Kingston, Canada

The Beth Rudin DeWoody Collection, New York, USA

Gucci, Rome, Italy