Skip navigation

Press releases

UK artist John Knight exhibits at The New Gallery

01 December, 2004, West Midlands, UK

UK artist John Knight exhibits at The New Gallery

UK artist John Knight exhibits realism and abstraction work “Tours: Derive circulaire” and “Birmingham: Derive direct” at The New Gallery

The New Gallery is showing an exhibition by UK artist John Knight entitled “Tours: Derive circulaire” and “Birmingham: Derive direct” from 23 November 2004 to 04 December 2004.

The exhibition of 18 pieces derives from journeys through Birmingham and cities in France, combining elements of realism, and abstraction.

The New Gallery located in St Paul’s Square, Birmingham’s new and growing Art Quarter, focuses on providing modern and contemporary work by nationally and internationally renowned artists to collectors and corporate clients. The New Gallery has also been delighted to partner with a number of artists, working and living in the West Midlands currently engaged in exciting and challenging projects and exhibitions of national significance, and so is very pleased to have the opportunity to work with John Knight and be able to stage ‘Birmingham and Tours: Derive circulaire et direct’.

John Knight explains, “The drawings are of Birmingham and Tours in France. The title comes from the way I draw, which is to drift in a city and landmark significant places by drawing them. The initial work took about a week, but I have been then working them up into finished pieces over six-months. I try to get a sense of the place, a sense of myself in that place and then that translates itself as a picture for someone else.”

Tours: Derive circulaire features twelve works on paper. Each piece records a place on the artist’s circular dérive of the French city of Tours. Twelve places are recorded in the work. Starting at the Place Anatole France, the derive takes an anticlockwise circuit through, Place de la Victoire, Boulevard Tonnellé, Jardin Botanique, across to Place Thiers around the main square and station culminating at Rue Colbert. The works have received critical acclaim from the public and the art community.

Birmingham: Derive direct features six works on paper. Each piece records a place on the artist’s journey through the English city of Birmingham. Starting at the University, the route takes a North Easterly direction from the University to the Edgbaston Tunnel, crossing the Gas Street Basin across the city centre to Birmingham Institute of Art and Design.

“The framed pictures of work can be personal in two ways. They become personal because they’re hard to create and take time to become the finished item. This is true of the drawing of Place Thiers and the pictures of Bilboa. Alternatively, they can be finished quickly and these tend to be the most strongly personal (e.g. significant) to me in terms of what was happening. This is true of Bar Bergerac”, adds Knight.

John Knight is Director of User-Lab at the Birmingham Institute of Art and Design. He has been working in mixed media for over 20 years. He has often combined elements of experimental psychology with art. John’s recent work focuses on the psycho geographical aspects of place, combining elements of realism, abstraction and personal narrative pertaining to location and has evolved from an ongoing interest in the situationist / letterist tradition.


----Notes to editors----

This press release in available in PDF, plain text and Word formats. Photographs are available of John Knight.

For more information contact John Knight on 0121 331 7868 or by email

To contact The New Gallery visit:


Future exhibitions at The New Gallery:

Opening times and contact:

About John Knight

John Knight is Director of User-Lab at Birmingham Institute of Art and Design. John studied at University College Wales with Interactive Arts Pioneer Roy Ascott. During the next 12 years he worked on a variety of commercial design projects. His clients included McCann Erikson, Euro RSCG, The British Council and Honda. John completed an MSc in User-Interface Design at London Guildhall University in 2000. Since then he has worked in research and design and has included work for The British Library, Whirlpool and The BBC.

John is a longstanding member of The British Computer Society, Human-Computer Interaction Group, Design Research Society, The Usability Professionals’ Association and is an Associate Editor of The Design Journal, and is on the Advisory Editorial Board for IDEAL Publishing. A regular contributor to Usability News, he reviews HCI and Design Issues for Leonardo and Interactions. A founding member of the Birmingham Usability Group, he organized the first Design and Engagability Conference in 2004.

He is also a director of Creative Sciences and consults on innovation in the creative industries.

About The New Gallery

The New Gallery in St Paul's Square is an independent gallery dedicated to bringing the best in Modern and Contemporary Fine Art to the heart of Birmingham. Original paintings, monoprints, limited edition prints, photography, and other media pieces are shown in exhibitions featuring nationally and internationally known artists. All artworks sold through The New Gallery are supplied with letter of provenance.

The New Gallery presents regular exhibitions and stocks 20th Century artists including John Piper and Elizabeth Frink, as well as contemporary works by living artists. They also organise commissions for art, portraits and murals. 

Tags: press releases, B2B, B2C, news engine SEO, online PR, SEO PR, media relations, press release, social media