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"The Orb" by Eric Knight, Amer., (B. 1955)
Regular price $7,500
Pen and India Ink Drawing, 2017, 11 x 8-1/2, signed, titled and dedicated "in loving memory of Richard G. Hayes Jr." in ink in bottom margin just below drawing, on white wove bristol paper. Contemporary artist Eric Knight works in both pen and ink as well as collage, producing a few new works each year. His small, elaborate and intensely intricate ink drawings are drawn with crow quill pen and india ink on a heavy weight white wove bristol paper. He uses a magnifying glass and has evolved a slow, exacting, labor intensive drawing technique using dots, dashes and hatch marks with both subtle shifts and complete reversals of value to orchestrate a complex and very personal world of his own invention. Mastering his virtuostic technique over a life long study of old masters such as Durer, and later Blake, Palmer and Beardsley, as well as 19th century masters of wood engraving, Knight has created a dark world both contemporary and medieval; dense with majestic, spreading trees and towering architecture, enveloped by tangled thickets and lush, creeping vines, all lluminated by a radiant, otherworldly light. This world is discreetly inhabited by humans, animals and supernatural beings; their interactions both harmonious and problematic, all reflecting Knight's synthesis of myriad historic and cultural touchstones of the past, as well as those reflective of his engagement with our volatile present. Other works may be viewed by request.