Jonathan Knight has been a professional sculptor for nearly 40 years earning his first commissions in his mid-twenties. From just 10 years old he started making impressionist forms of dancers and horses from twisted wire and household plaster.
His early professional life was devoted to sculpting horses, fired by his passion for riding and admiration for the beauty and expressive power of them. Jonathan Knight soon established a formidable reputation for the beauty and veracity of his equestrian work. Commissions to create lifesize bronzes for Cheltenham Racecourse, Cheveley Park Stud and Penang (Malaysia) Turf Club occupied these years.
From the 1990's onwards, following his first successful exhibitions at W.H. Patterson Fine Arts and the Sladmore Gallery, he began to consider the limitations of the subject, resisting the requirement for an unforgivably realistic appearance and focusing more and more on the ultimate simplification both in form and material. The goal of simplicity and essence without losing contact with reality is what Jonathan Knight aims for.
His subjects have expanded to include all types of waterfowl, wild birds and both African and European mammals, all of which are rigorously analysed and stripped of unnecessary detail. Their soul is laid bare without being lost in an overly detail image.
Jonathan Knight's sculptures are available in limited edition of twelve bronze casts for each edition. Their exclusivity and uniqueness is further enhanced by the individual patinas which he personally gives each bronze.