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Rising Cornish Painter Wins European Art Prize

Truro's Luke Knight takes first place at the Barcelona International Gallery Awards

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Luke Knight | Wish You Were Here | Oil on board

Rising artist Luke Knight, who was raised in Cornwall and now works from his studio just outside Truro, has been awarded first place in a prestigious European art competition. Luke studied Fine Art at Cardiff School of Art and Design, during which time he took part in a four-month Erasmus Exchange at L'Ecole De Beaux-Art in Nantes, France. Earlier this year he responded to an open call for artists from any country to submit work to the Barcelona International Gallery Awards in Spain. The aim of the annual B.I.G. award is to give emerging artists a high-profile opportunity for international exposure, and to showcase their talent to buyers and gallerists who might wish to represent them. Artists were judged solely on the quality of their work and their creative concept, and from hundreds of submissions a total of just 30 artists were shortlisted for exhibition in Barcelona this autumn. From among those 30, Luke's oil on board painting ‘Wish You Were Here', inspired by Cornwall's dramatic coastline, has been crowned outright winner. His prize includes gallery representation and a coveted 2020 solo exhibition at CAGE Gallery, Barcelona, plus 1000 Euros.

Luke says: "Entering the Barcelona International Gallery Award was a great experience and gave me a wonderful opportunity to meet other painters. Winning first prize, though, was totally unexpected, and the idea that there is a space for my work at the heart of the European art scene is a really exciting thought. It is my hope that my solo exhibition in Barcelona next year will be followed by an exhibition right here in Cornwall, which is the place that inspires me to paint every day."

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Editors Notes

Luke Knight

Luke Knight studied Fine Art at Howard Gardens at the Cardiff School of Art & Design, during which time he took part in a four-month Erasmus Exchange at L'Ecole De Beaux-Art in Nantes, France. He then taught painting in Bristol but moved home to Cornwall in 2008, where he has rekindled his love of surfing, and of painting the beauty and drama of the Cornish landscape.



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