Eleanor returned to painting a few years ago, when she finally got the space in life to return to her passion. Doing her first Art fair gave her the confidence, and she sold a few paintings and then things just took off.
She sells privately, does commissions, fairs and had her paintings in galleries since then. Currently, Eleanor has painting as part of a collective in the NYA Art Gallery in Tribeca New York.
She was contacted by House and Garden Conde Nast Feb edition magazine who promoted one of her paintings and she’s currently negotiating with Vogue magazine to do a further promotion.
Eleanor lives between London and the Turks and Caicos islands. Turks and Caicos vistas inspire a lot of her work using the light and colour of the islands to create abstract and semi abstract land and sea scapes.
WHEN DID YOU BEGIN PAINTING AND HOW DID YOU GET STARTED?
Eleanor : After many years of not painting since my youth, I started to paint again having been inspired by the beauty I experienced during a trip to Patagonia, Argentina. It had been many years since I held a paint brush, but it gave me sheer joy to try and recreate moments from that epic trip. A
friend saw my work and suggested I apply for an upcoming art fair. Taking part in the fair gave me the confidence to keep going as the feedback was positive and the experience life changing.
WHAT IS THE MESSAGE YOU ARE TRYING TO GIVE WITH YOUR ART?
Eleanor: I like to create atmospheric paintings using colour and depth to invoke a sense of escapism, calmness and serenity. Although some of my work is abstract, the vision behind my work is clear: to pay homage to our beautiful planet.
YOU SELL A LOT OF YOUR WORK ONLINE WHAT HAVE YOU FOUND TO BE THE BEST WAY TO GET YOUR WORK NOTICED BY BUYERS?
Eleanor: The internet is the great equalizer for artists like me. Being able to market my work on-line has opened many doors for me, much beyond what a physical exhibit at a gallery or fair can offer. It gives me the chance to attract a wider audience world wide. That said, interacting with potential
buyers and art lovers is extremely valuable to me. Art fairs, for example, have been hugely helpful in displaying what I do and interacting with people with all sorts of interest in art. And social media is the perfect follow up after I have done a physical event. Sometimes people I have met
at fairs check out my Instagram or Facebook page and end up buying one of my paintings. I was also been featured in many publications, such as most recently the Arts edition of ‘House and Country’ magazine UK and I am featured in this month’s edition. I have already had several enquiries as a result of this exposure.
TELL US A BIT MORE ABOUT YOUR WORK AT NTA GALLERY, NEW YORK. WHERE DID YOU GET THE INSPIRATION FOR THAT PAINTING?
Eleanor: Awen is part of a collective currently on display at NTA Gallery NY. I was browsing through the internet looking for old celtic and druid symbols to use in my abstract paintings. I came across this symbol and was interested mainly in its hidden meaning. The outer layers represent male and female energy and the balance between them. It also represents the three domains of earth, sky and sea. It is considered a symbol of divine inspiration for poets, writers, artists and creative people. The result in my works was this blend of golds, greens, creams and light pinks full of texture and richness.
WHAT ARTISTS INFLUENCE YOU THE MOST AND WHY?
Eleanor: My art influences are varied. I love the work of Turner and often visit him before I create a seascape. I love the colour combination and creative genius of Frank Bowling, Pierre Bonnard and David Hockney. I can listen to Tracy Emin and Grayson Perry over and over again. Their work is
intellectually complex so interesting to hear them discuss it. The advice they give to artists is very worthwhile.
HOW DOES CREATING ART MAKE YOU FEEL?
Eleanor: It can be frustrating and exhausting but there is no greater feeling than to see my work on the walls of clients all over the world. It’s humbling and motivating to see something I created bringing a piece of joy to someone else. I can get completely lost in the work as I create a piece of art and nothing will make me leave my studio until I am utterly satisfied in the finished piece.
HOW HAS YOUR ART EVOLVED OVER THE YEARS?
Eleanor: I started out painting mainly seascapes, then progressed to landscapes. This year I have been creating a lot of abstract art, playing around with colour and texture, using different mixed medias as well as oils and acrylic.
YOU’VE SAID THAT BLUE IS YOUR PASSION. CAN YOU TELL US A BIT MORE ABOUT THAT?
Eleanor: I have always loved the colour blue. Painting in blues is almost therapeutic for me, something calming. There is a tranquility and quietness about it that I find hard to explain in words but hopefully comes across in my works..
ARE THERE ANY UPCOMING SHOWS OR WORKSHOPS WE SHOULD KNOW ABOUT?
Eleanor: Yes! I have several Art fairs coming up this Spring. BATH/SURREY CONTEMPORARY 28/02/2020, Surrey contemporary 13/03/2020 AND SUSSEX WEST GOODWOOD 15/05/2020 . I am part of a collaborative Art Show on the 25th of January at the Shore Club, Turks and Caicos Islands and am in talks to bring more work to NYA gallery in New York.
DO YOU SEE YOUR ART AS SERVING A PURPOSE BEYOND ART?
Eleanor: I hope that my art inspires people on many levels, whether it’s to create an artistic project of their own or simply enjoy the escapism that many of my works enable I believe my work possesses an ability for the owner to be reflective and thoughtful, whilst offering some beauty to a room.
WHAT ARE YOUR PLANS FOR THE FUTURE?
Eleanor: I am planning on exhibiting in other parts of Europe as have been contacted by art gallery running shows in various cities there. Also, I would like to have my art in more galleries in the United States and maybe do some art fairs there, also. Eventually, I’d like to be a bit more still and
have my own space to exhibit my work. I want to continue to grow as an artist and keep working so my paintings can be viewed and enjoyed in places world wide.
It was a pleasure doing this interview with Eleanor McKnight and we strongly advise that you check out her work here: https://www.emcknightart.com/ and Instagram Page: https://www.instagram.com/eleanormcknightart/