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. Knut’s paintings unfold slowly, with multiple anchor points drawing the viewer’s eye across the painting and creating a sense of balance. 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. Without using sketches or plans, Knut’s practice is reactive. The artist carefully follows the formation of the composition, examining the function of each element in relation to the painting as a whole throughout.
‘In painting I try to completely rely on intuition, because it in its essence seems to me to be the purest. To cultivate this feature in my works, I give up the preparations.’
- Tycjan Knut
Knut’s work takes inspiration from the geometric abstract art of the twentieth century with a deep academic interest in unknown abstract ‘masters’. His work resonates with the echo of this tradition but extends beyond the trend, his works freed from the constraints of formula.
light matters 30 ,80cm x 60cm (31" x 24")
light matters 31 ,150cm x 120cm (59" x 47")
light matters 32 ,150cm x 120cm (59" x 47")
light matters 33 ,120cm x 100cm (47" x 39")
light matters 34 ,80cm x 60cm (31" x 24")
Untitled ,104cm x 84cm (41" x 33")
light matters 20,82cm x 62cm (32" x 24")
light matters 21 ,82cm x 62 cm (32" x 24")
light matters 25,122cm x 102cm (48" x 40")
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light matters 27,80cm x 60cm (31" x 24")
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Tycjan KnutLight Matters 9 - 27 Nov 2021Cadogan Contemporary is pleased to announce an exhibition of new works by the artist Tycjan Knut. Knut creates subtle abstractions, using delicate tonal differences and neutral colours to create an...
Invisible SubjectsKim Bartelt, Laurence Leenaert and Tycjan Knut 2 - 20 Mar 2020Cadogan Contemporary is delighted to present Invisible Subjects, a group exhibition that brings together new work by Kim Bartelt, Tycjan Knut and LRNCE. The exhibition explores the idea of paintings...
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.
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|
Contemporary Art Centre El
Private Collections in UK, USA, Switzerland, Dubai, Monaco, China, Poland, Italy, Japan, France, Germany, Mexico.
TYCJAN KNUT | PORTRAITS BY ATELIER ELLISPortraits by Atelier Ellis
INVISIBLE SUBJECTS | WALL STREET INTERNATIONAL MAGAZINEWall Street International Magazine , January 27, 2021
TYCJAN KNUT | ARCHITECUTURAL DIGEST | FEATURETom Morris, Architectural Digest , April 8, 2020
INVISIBLE SUBJECTS | ANNIVERSARY MAGAZINEAnniversary Team, Anniversary Magazine , March 3, 2020
INVISIBLE SUBJECTS | FAD MAGAZINEMark Westall, FAD Magazine , February 24, 2020
TYCJAN KNUT | FALCHI INTERIORS BLOG | MENTIONFalchi Interiors Blog, June 12, 2019
TYCJAN KNUT | THE GUARDIANNell Card, The Guardian , April 29, 2018