I depict wild (often “weed”) plants that grow in empty fields and waste spaces. I am drawn to these quiet spaces and to the toughness and independence of the plants. I work to depict their energy and life-force as I continue to learn more about their practical uses as food and medicine.
John Knight was the Maine Arts Commission Visual Arts Fellow for 2007. He has had recent solo exhibitions at Elizabeth Moss Galleries in Falmouth, Maine, and Caldbeck Gallery in Rockland, Maine. Nationally, he has been awarded residencies at the Fine Arts Work Center (2003-04), the Millay Colony for the Arts (1999), and the Vermont Studio Center (1994). In Maine he has been awarded residencies at Great Spruce Head Island, Acadia National Park (2002), and Monhegan Island (Carina House, 2001). From 2010 to 2012, his work was on display in the US embassy in Timor-Leste as part of the art for embassies program. He currently resides in Portland with his wife and daughter.