HE has been to London, Venice and Croatia but renowned artist, Ken Knight, still rates the Grampians region as “one of the most spectacular landscapes in the world”.
Mr Knight will spend much of February in paddocks in and around Dunkeld, his 4WD studio parked nearby, trance music blasting, as he captures the scene in paint.
Apart from a few finishing touches, all of Mr Knight’s work is done on site.
“What you’re trying to do is translate what you see and feel, like the smell of dead sheep,” he said.
“The fact that you’re outside, amongst the flies and everything else, you become one with nature.
“Old-fashioned artists, like Monet, painted outside and they felt that connection with nature as a very direct thing; I’m one of the few artists that still believe in that.”
Mr Knight’s depictions of the western district were displayed in an exhibition at Hamilton Art Gallery, between March and May 2013.
“I sold three quarters of the work in that show,” he said.
“A few people have asked me to come back and paint their homestead from a favourite view on their property.”
Mr Knight’s first visit to the region dates back to the late 1970s when he was en route to Portland and “saw the Grampians rising like the back of a dinosaur that was resting”.
He has been back at least five times since but with Darwin and New Zealand next on the destination list, this stop-over is likely to be the last, “for a long time”.
Full story in the Spectator on Saturday, February 1, 2014