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Christopher Knights is a multi-talented artist, working in a variety of mediums including oil,
encaustic, fresco, metal, and wood. He was trained in editorial illustration, however, his most recent
work is characterized by whimsical and seductive abstract motifs that reference the natural world.
Born and raised in Collingwood, Ontario, being close to nature has provided inspiration for this
central theme in his work. Knights has exhibited in group and solo exhibitions from 1986-2013 in
Toronto. From 2003-2009, Knights was the art curator of the Engine Gallery and the Engine
Gallery Distillery District, of which he was the co-founder.
While viewing the 51st. Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition on the opening day Art dealer in Toronto at Old Master Gallery met Christopher Knights and told him Iwe will buy all the paintings he has. After going to his residence I picked out some 17 paintings from smaller compositions to large scale works. His works were brilliant, with great movement and imagination. While I guess my eye was right, he ended up winning the best Painter in the Exhibition. My colleague, Michel Biguet from C.F.A. Gallery was equally amazed at his works. We were both happy to promote Christopher's works where we could. A Great Talent indeed!! Old Master Gallery in Toronto is pleased to offer some of Christopher Knights best paintings in our opinion , from his early painting style .
The work of Joseph Cach evokes the feeling of familiarity you get with famous painters or the old masters.
What are his works about? Not an easy question to answer. Above all they are for him the only way to communicate ideas difficult to put into words. Paintings are his diaries, though the uninitiated would have a tough time reading them as such. His works seem to be about time and space, and inhabited by creatures living even beyond time and space.
Let us start with the easy part. The quality of execution. The trained hand of the art restorer shows. This gives him an edge over many contemporaries. How many of them can say they have closely examined every brushstroke of an old Italian master, a French impressionist, even Rembrandt? Even the viewer without any great knowledge of art knows he is seeing great craftsmanship, a masterful technique.
Aside from that, Joseph Cach's canvases are varied, colorful, and strong, and they transmit energy. Then, when you get past the initial feeling of captivating strength and your confusion over what to make of it, you start to recognize heaviness, pain, and a desire to overcome both, especially in his early work.
A recurring theme is a longing for freedom. Of course, his earlier life (right up to his early thirties), which was spent trapped in the upside-down world of bureaucratic socialism in Czechoslovakia, undoubtedly informs his art. His suffering only ended when he arrived in Canada, his new home, which has become a gateway to dimensions previously denied. In his more recent creations, the initial heavy pain gives way to light and comfort.
But Joseph's subject is not merely political freedom from an oppressive regime; each of us can find any regime oppressive at times. It is absolute freedom—freedom from the bounds of matter—that we are dealing with here.
His transformation from gifted artist and restorer's apprentice to independent and fully grown master was achieved through a tremendous struggle. But now he can seek "ever a better country," the one "whence he came." He can hope, like the ancient Egyptians, to find his true home among galaxies and stars.
And this, I suspect, he does in his paintings—mapping the far stretches of the universe and the depths of his own heart.
If one must find a specific message in his paintings, perhaps it is best summarized in the poem Up-Hill by Christina Rossetti: "Does the road wind up-hill all the way? / Yes, to the very end. / Will day's journey take the whole long day? / From morn to night, my friend."
Joseph now lives in Toronto, Canada.
Ludec Bognar is one of the most talented, unassuming artists of our age. Being born in former Czechoslovakia , Ludec came to Canada settling in Toronto in 66 . He is a Cinematographer and Director of Photography for many TV and Hollywood productions such as Tarzan, which was shot in Mexico which lasted for many years. He was involved with 35 feature films in total. Ludec is also an incredible Still-Life photographer, a puppeteer, a scene creator for which he created scenes for a Czech play right company where is also acted. But he is also a wonderful painter, and Sculptor. Each of Ludec's paintings are colourful expressions of his life surrounded by nature and beauty. Whether it is a landscape, or an abstract, there is great movement with colours to match .
He has always reminded me of a cross between Dick van Dyke and The Professor in Back to the Future with his comical antics, jokes and wittiness .
Above all Ludec is a very good person, being thoughtful, and caring to people.
He truly Loves life, food he can take or leave it but he has the gift of the gab.
He has a wonderful spiritual side that makes him very modest and humble.
I am proud to call him a friend.
We at Old Master Gallery Inc. have been dealing with period paintings in the Toronto area for over 25 years. We appreciate all the wonderful people we met while at 220 Bloor Street West in the Intercontinental Hotel. We will miss being downtown in Yorkville at our Scollard location . We will now be working by appointment only and look forward to seeing many of our loyal customers soon.
Robert Parro President
Old MasterGallery Inc.
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