Little Wonder is a body of ten works about the Karakoram Highway. The highway connects China to Pakistan and due to its high altitude, stunning natural surrounds and extreme construction, is often referred to as the ‘Eighth Wonder of the World”.
From jingle trucks (aptly named because the US troops thought they jingled due to the high level of ornamentation) to footbridges, painted rickshaws, auto stops and a VW beetle packed and ready for a holiday, this is fascinating look at a road we may never travel.
Unlike other exhibitions, this new series comprises six major works on linen, marking a departure from the traditional constructed surfaces Knight is so well known for. Painting on linen has allowed Knight to work the surface more, resulting in detailed mark making and a fresh approach to application including spray paint, varnish and glazing.
From 2005 to 2010, Jasper was a yearly finalist in the Archibald Prize. In 2008 he won the Mosman Prize, and was short-listed for the Wynne Prize in 2005, 2006, 2011 and 2012. He was the recipient of an Australia Council Emerging and Established New Work Grant, the Freedman Foundation Scholarship and the Rocks Art Prize. He’s also been a finalist in the Blake, The ABN-Amro, The Helen Lempriere and the Brett Whiteley Prizes.
Knight’s works are held in numerous public and private collections including the National Gallery of Australia, the New South Wales State Government, New South Wales Regional Galleries, Australian Consulates and Artbank.
Image: Its Fishi (2016)