Yossi Milo Gallery is pleased to present new paintings by German-French artist Pierre Knop. Knop’s work hybridizes drawing and painting, resulting in richly atmospheric works where figuration and abstraction resonate with subtle meaning. His debut exhibition at the gallery is planned for Fall 2021.
At first glance, Knop’s paintings are playfully uncanny, conveying a childlike fantasia with swirling colors and a deliberate flattening of perspective. Yet there is also a brooding loneliness that comes creeping in, lending the work a dark flair despite the whimsy. In Lost Board, a floating figure, back to the viewer, watches a tidal wave swallow his surfboard. Fine crayon lines and shades of dripping blue ink depict the flow and choppiness of the water, which seamlessly melt into a backdrop of soft forest hues. Although the narrative elements of the scene are obvious – the surfer and his soon-to-be-lost board are depicted in a bright yellow shade – it might be more accurate to say that the true subject of the painting is a complex milieu of emotions: awe, terror, and the sublime. Despite the apparent danger for the surfer, he watches rather than escapes the encroaching water, head and shoulders bobbing gently above the waves.