PAUL MCKNIGHT has been an art teacher for many years before taking up painting in 2006.
He has been specialising in realism and most of his paintings are oil on canvas and are generally under half a square metre in size.
'I began painting about 10 years ago after a long career as an art educator. I found that spending all of my time with students I had no energy or time left over for my own creative endeavors.
I originally studied Fine Arts, Australian Literature, Ancient History and Archaeology at the University of Sydney.
My early paintings were my training as I am self taught and needed to find my own style.
I began painting teacups after being given a number of tea cup settings from my grandmother. Her morning and afternoon teas were quite a memorable feature of my visits with her.
These paintings utilised a variety of different settings with mixtures of tea cups, tea bags, biscuits and cake slices and tablecloths.
I have always loved the use of colour and to this extent I found it challenging to try and replicate the patterns and patinas of bone china, lace, and silver as well as the texture of biscuit and cake with as much realism as I could manage.
Once I felt that I had achieved a degree of realism that satisfied me, I was then able to begin to experiment with adding more colours, tints and hues into the paintings adding vibrancy and vitality to the porcelain, fabrics and shadows.
More recently I have begun to incorporate elements of 'Australiana' into my paintings in order to move away a little from the "English Tea" appearance of my earlier work.
I enjoy the challenges of these paintings, and the complexity and detail involved in each one of these paintings can take me up to 10 weeks to produce.' My output therefore results in a maximum of 5 works per year.
COLLECTIONS & AWARDS
Winner Tumut Art Prize,Tumut NSW.
Young National Cherry Festival. Second prize oils and Highly Commended Oils.
Harden Murrumburrah Art Show Highly Commended Oil Section, Harden NSW,
Winner 'People's Choice Award' Calleen Art Awards 2017 Cowra Regional Gallery, NSW
Statuette Winner 'Most Outstanding Work in the Exhibition',Henry Lawson Festival of Arts Exhibition 2017, Grenfell, NSW.
Winner Local Artist, Henry Lawson Festival of Arts Exhibition 2017, Grenfell, NSW.
Highly Commended, Open Traditional, Henry Lawson Festival of Arts Exhibition 2017, Grenfell, NSW.
Winner 'Most Outstanding Artwork of the Exhibition', 33rd Annual Cherry Festival, 2016, Young, NSW.
Winner Local Artist, Henry Lawson Festival of Arts Exhibition 2016, Grenfell, NSW.
Highly Commended, Open Traditional, Henry Lawson Festival of Arts Exhibition 2016, Grenfell, NSW.
Private collections in New York, ACT, NSW and Queensland.