ARTIST BIOGRAPHY

ChungKnight, Sculptor

ChungKnight, Sculptor

 

Chungknight is a fast-rising sculptoral artist based in Kingston, Jamaica. Experiential learning in a wide range of fields has enabled this visual artist to find connections where others seldom do, and this critical skill has infused his creativity and ultimately his art.

“For me, art has always been and always will be one of the aspects of social life that allows the human spirit to not only soar beyond the confines of the physical world but also to learn and to grow. As such it is a critical component of the fabric of human development and should be seen as a counterpart to other facets of our world that are often given more credibility and focus such as the sciences and commerce.

“Just as a man can be hungry because of a lack of food or money or both so can a man be malnourished or bankrupt in spirit because of a lack of creativity and self expression in his or her environment.” ChungKnight

 

ChungKnight in Studio

ChungKnight in Studio

 

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Fireman (2013) – terracotta finish

After starting his tertiary education in the sciences at the University of Guelph in Ontario (Canada), he later shifted to Architecture at Howard University in Washington D.C. (U.S.A.) in 1993 and completed his Bachelor of Fine Arts within the Fine Art Department of the same college in 1999. During his extensive career as an artist, his work has been shown around the world, from the National Gallery in Jamaica to galleries across the United States.

Public Art in Downtown Kingston

Most recently, Chungknight was commissioned by the Digicel Foundation to create a new public art monument in Downtown Kingston, Jamaica.  “Evolution” approaches the theme of growth by looking at the relationships between the PAST, the PRESENT and the FUTURE.  It also incorporates the human figure, which merges the importance of the human experience with the constant passage of time.

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Evolution (2014)

 

This sculpture was created by Chungknight with artist Raymond Watson and the murals were painted by Studio 174 (Rozi Chung).  The monument consists of 49 statues which represent Jamaica’s past. At the top there are two golden  figures rising as if in flight, representing dynamism and hope for the future.

While struggling in his art to find meaning for his love of representing the human form with deep honesty, his purpose has also developed into that of a social documenter. The faces and the figures created by the artist through the frozen expressions and physical characteristics act as mirrors in which viewers can see themselves as part of a whole, within their very particular social and cultural fabric.

 

EDUCATION

Ohio State University June 2006 – June 2007
Department of Art Education Courses in the Masters Programme

Howard University August 1997 – May 1999
School of Fine Arts B.F.A. – Sculpture Major

Howard University August 1993 – May 1997
School of Architecture Courses within the Architecture Major

University of Guelph Department of Science
August 1991-December 1992 Courses within the Science Major

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN

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EXHIBITIONS & SOLO SHOWS

Black History Museum & Cultural Centre of Virginia
July- October, 1998
(Invitational group show)
Richmond, Virginia, U.S.A.

The Manhattan Laundry Project
May 21- June 19, 1999
(Invitational group show)
Washington D.C., U.S.A.

ZEMI Gallery
September, 1999
(Invitational group show)
Washington D.C., U.S.A.

505 Gallery
September, 1999
(Invitational group show)
Washington D.C., U.S.A.

The National Gallery of Jamaica
December-February 1999/ 2000
(Juried group show)
Kingston, Jamaica W.I.

The Mutual Life Gallery
June, 2000
(Juried group show)
Kingston, Jamaica W.I.

The National Gallery of Jamaica
December-February 2000/ 2001
(Juried group show)
Kingston, Jamaica W.I.

The National Gallery of Jamaica
December-February 2000/ 2001
(Juried group show)
Kingston, Jamaica W.I.

The Cag[e] Gallery
March- April, 2007
(Faculty show)
Kingston, Jamaica W.I.

The Cag[e] Gallery
February 12- March 11, 2008
(Faculty show)
Kingston, Jamaica W.I.

The Los Angeles Center for Digital Art
November 12- December 5, 2009
(Open group show)
Los Angeles, U.S.A.

Digicel Foundation Downtown Kingston Monument
Breezy Castle Roundabout
October 2, 2014 – Present
(Public Commission)
Kingston, Jamaica W.I.

 

GALLERY  AFFILIATION
Hi Qo Gallery

PRESS & PUBLICATIONS

chungknight sculpture