Justin KnowlesS.28.02 2002

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Justin Knowles (1935‑2004)
Date 2002
MediumScreenprint on paper
Dimensionsimage: 371 x 362 mm
Acquisition Presented by the artist 2003
View this artwork by appointment, at Tate Britain's Prints and Drawings Rooms


Although finished works in their own right, these prints can also be thought of as working models for larger paintings or three-dimensional objects. Knowles overriding concerns were with form, dimension and space, and he realized his works through the application of various systems to a set of ideas, what he called ‘artform concepts’. Knowles often used the same concept, expressed in a combination of forms, to make works in different materials and on different scales, sometimes making work specific to a particular site. S.157iv.01 2002 (Tate P78738) for example, uses similar forms to those in the installation, D.156iv.01/02 2001-2 (National Gallery of Prague).

Despite a large gap in his career (a studio fire in 1973 destroyed much of his work, and Knowles did not exhibit again until 1997), his work in the later period of his life shows a remarkable consistency to his early works. Knowles worked exclusively on non-figurative abstractions. In both his two-dimensional and sculptural work, he arranged or configured geometrical shapes (circles, triangles, etc.) and blocks of colour to explore phenomena such as symmetrical modularity, repetition and the use of space… (read more)

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