Tycjan Knut creates subtle abstractions. Using delicate tonal differences and neutral colours, his works have an effect that verges on optical illusion. His compositions require time and thought. What meets the eye at a glance may not be all it seems after a closer inspection. The impression left of a multi-level composition means there is always more to see. By building up overlapping layers of colour in a way that resembles the organic world, he creates images that trick the eye into perceiving new depth in already highly structural objects.


Knut has a particular interest in early and mid-century geometric abstract art. His works resonate with the echo of this tradition but also express a desire to transcend it, freeing his works from the constraint of formula. He has a deep academic interest in unknown abstract ‘masters’ that informs his own practice. 


Tycjan Knut was born in 1985 in Warsaw and now lives and works in London. Knut received his PhD in Fine Art and Painting from the Warsaw Academy of Fine Arts in 2011. His work has been exhibited across Europe and is held in private collections across the world. Cadogan Contemporary have represented Tycjan Knut since 2019.


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Born in 1985 in Warsaw.



Warsaw Academy of Fine Arts

Jan Kochanowski University Institute of Fine Arts in Kielce


Selected solo Exhibitons 
2016   'Reticence', KOHANA Gallery, Warsaw, Poland 
    'More-Less', Contemporary Art Centre Gallery El, Elblag, Poland 
2014   'Old School', Project Rooms at Contemporary Art Centre CSW, Warsaw
2013   'Emotional Formal Solutions of Minimal Attraction', WUZETM factory, Warsaw
2011   'Tycjan Knut - Paintings', Soho Factory, Warsaw, Poland


selected group exhibitions 
2020   'Invisible Subjects', Cadogan Contemporary, London
2019   '3 Anni', Numeroventi, Florence, Italy
2018   'In the Neighbourhood', House of Grey, London
    'Emerging Hermit', The Workshop, London 
2015   'Pure Formality', Contemporary Art Centre Labyrinth Gallery, Lublin, Poland 



PKO Bank 

Contemporary Art Centre El


Private Collections in UK, USA, Switzerland, Dubai, Monaco, China, Poland, Italy, Japan, France, Germany, Mexico.