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4 piece coffee set on a tray 2006

Chris Knight (born 1964, Bishop's Stortford, England, UK)

4 piece coffee set on a tray
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Copyright: Copyright The Artist; Photo: Mike Davidson, Positive Image / Aberdeen Art Gallery and Museums

Chris Knight is one of Britain’s leading metalworkers working in both silver and other metals. He works simultaneously on a small, domestic scale and on larger public art works. Recent commissions include the Sheaf Square redevelopment in Sheffield, and a sculpture for Baltic Quays, Gateshead. Knight has also worked on a several religious commissions. His passion for metalwork is expressed in his unusual approach to functionality and design. Along with this he has developed the specialist knowledge and skills to push the metal to the limits of its flexibility. He is perhaps best known for his edgy, slightly dangerous work, epitomised by his spiky shot cups. Chris Knight’s work demands the viewer’s attention. The colour is startling and the design aesthetic is crisply angular yet soft. For this coffee set he considered the traditional cylindrical form seen in 18thcentury silver coffee pots and the tall ceramic shapes popular in the 1960s. From this starting point he developed an angular shape with an unusual handle which challenges our perceptions of functionality. The wing form handles perfectly balance the pot’s pointed base. Through a series of models he refined the structure and devised this tripartite form, which, despite appearances, handles well. His concern was not only to create a startling form but one that is truly functional – all elements of the set are designed to fulfil the function which their shapes suggest

Acquisition Details

Acquired from Adrian Sasson, 2006
Purchased with funds from the National Collecting Scheme for Scotland which was originated and operated 2003-2006 by the Contemporary Art Society and supported by the National Lottery through the Scottish Arts Council.
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