This Easter, Whitewater Gallery begins its 2021 Featured Artist series with an exhibition of new work by landscape painter Luke Knight. Luke studied Fine Art at the Cardiff School of Art and Design, and at the L'Ecole De Beaux-Art in Nantes, France. European painting, in particular the work of Pierre Bonnard, and British maritime and landscape painters Julius Olsson and Fred Cuming RA, have been significant influences on his work. His own exceptionally beautiful coastal paintings have won him a prestigious gallery award for rising new artists, and seen his work selected for the 2020 Royal Society of Marine Artists exhibition in London.
Luke’s oil on board paintings are inspired by the constantly shifting colours, textures and details of the Cornish landscape, and the beautiful scenes that inspire him whilst walking and surfing the coast. First saturating the board with paint, Luke strips back the surface of his works to create detail and texture, repeatedly colouring and eroding in a process that reflects the dynamic nature of the Cornish landscape. This new collection responds to the north coast around Padstow and Polzeath, and further develops the artist’s interest in the subtleties of the changing seasons, particularly the spectacular beauty of coastal skies.