The Por­traitist

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an in­tox­i­cat­ing mix of de­sire, sor­row and vul­ner­a­bil­ity can of­ten be found in Toronto-based pain­ter Kris Knight’s pas­tel por­traits. Fit­ting, as the 35-year-old artist notes that he spent much of his youth in ru­ral On­tario, search­ing for an iden­tity of his own.

His love of pas­tels came early; as a child, Knight would help his mom, who was a baker, tint ic­ing and, with­out know­ing, ended up cre­at­ing his

now-sig­na­ture pal­ette of sac­cha­rine- sweet pinks, greens and blues. En­chant­ing the fash­ion world this year, the artist was asked by de­signer Chris­tian Lacroix to cre­ate a paint­ing for his ex­hibit

Lu­mières: Carte Blanche à Chris­tian Lacroix,

fol­lowed by Gucci, who had Knight reimag­ine the house’s iconic Flora pat­tern for its 2015 re­sort col­lec­tion. Up next, Knight is back in the stu­dio, prep­ping for his solo ex­hi­bi­tion, Never-Never, which will open at the Katharine Mul­herin gallery in Toronto in Septem­ber. h

Speak for Me by Kris Knight, 2014

Kris Knight reimag­in­ing Gucci’s iconic Flora pat­tern

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