The first major retrospective of the artist's work reunites all of her completed paintings for the first time since their creation.
Five years in Rome introduced Knights to the work of the Italian Quattrocentro artists, and their flattened perspectives, low-toned colours and frieze like compositions would become features in her own paintings. Yet Knights never simply imitated, and instead would draw on her own experiences – from the traumatic Silvertown Explosion she witnessed during the First World War to her ongoing struggle for female empowerment – to enrich her art. In fact her work was often so personal that she would portray herself as the protagonist, modelling secondary figures on friends and family from her inner circle.
Slade School trained, Knights attention to detail was meticulous; she would spend hours painstakingly producing observational life drawings before she began to paint. On display are 120 prepartory studies, illustrations and portraits that showcase her extraordinary practice.