deborah gonzález knight

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Dos coloridas pasiones: el arte y el caballo

Nacida en Londres, Deborah González Knight tuvo la suerte de que se le detectara el talento artístico a temprana edad; fue su maestra de jardín de infantes la que le señaló a su madre que la niña tenía un “buen ojo para el color”. Desde entonces, de una manera u otra Deborah siempre ha estado relacionada con el mundo artístico.

Y también con el mundo equino, ya que se crió en el New Forest de Inglaterra rodeada de caballos de raza. De hecho está licenciada como instructora ecuestre, cosa que, combinada con ese talento artístico, la ha llevado a especializarse en esa disciplina pictórica tan demandada. Claro que para llegar a ese punto requiere estudios y práctica. Por ello, Deborah estudió primero en la reconocida Richmond School of Art para luego obtener una beca especial para la London School of Art, donde estuvo tres años bajo la dirección de Roger de Gray, insigne profesor de la Real Academia de Arte en Londres y donde obtuvo su licenciatura en Ilustración y Grabado. Es más, tiene su propia prensa de grabado en su estudio en Jimena.

Su currículo incluye exposiciones en Gran Bretaña, Andorra, Francia y España, además de haber sido ilustradora adjunta con la Orquesta Filarmónica de Londres donde dibujada durante los ensayos. Sus muchos viajes la han llevado a pintar en Italia y en Francia: “adoro Florencia y París” nos asegura.

Sus materiales son tan diversos como sus cuadros. Utilizando las disciplinas del óleo, la acuarela y el acrílico, plasma sus obras en lienzos que varían de lo clásico hasta lo más moderno, pasando por temas que van de los paisajes a los retratos. Su instinto por el color demuestra que aquella maestra había acertado.

Los cuadros de González Knight cuelgan en importantes colecciones privadas y públicas, incluyendo el Centre per Les Arts de Andorra, el City and Guilds Institute y el Institute of Strategic Studies de Londres o el Castillo de Belvoir en Inglaterra, entre otros.

Como decoradora de interiores, donde sin duda también florece aquello del color, su trabajo se ha registrado en importantes revistas del sector, como por ejemplo Casa y Campo. Nos dice que sus mejores murales están en algunas masías del Parque La Garroxa, en Girona, donde residió hasta hace cuatro años y donde también tuvo su propio centro ecuestre. Una vez más, esa combinación de arte y caballos.

Deborah González Knight, llegó a Jimena de la Frontera desde Girona “porque me inspiran la luz, las montañas y el campo”. Allí da clases de dibujo y pintura, tanto privadas como en grupo. Tiene como objetivo abrir una escuela de arte en Jimena para enseñar a la manera clásica. También realiza trabajos de trampantojo, murales y efectos especiales por encargo así como retratos de personas, animales o casas.

No es poco, aunque nos decía que su tema favorito es el cielo. Y es que el cielo lo cubre todo.

©Revista Miradas del Sur 2007

Two colourful passions: art and horses

Born in London, Deborah González Knight was lucky enough to have her artistic talents revealed at an early age: it was her kindergarten teacher who pointed out to her mother that the little girl had a “good eye for colour”. In one way or another, Deborah has been related to the world of art ever since.

And also to the world of horses, having been brought up in the New Forest surrounded by hunters and show jumpers. In fact she is a qualified riding instructor, which, combined with that artistic talent, has brought her to specialize in a discipline that is very much in demand.

Of course, to get there requires study and practice. That is why Deborah first studied at the Richmond School of Art and later won a bursary to the London School of art, where for three years she was under the tutelage of Roger de Gray, Principal at the Royal Academy, for three years, earning a BA in Illustration and Printmaking. Indeed, she has her own etching press at her home studio in Jimena.

Her CV includes exhibitions in the UK, Andorra, France and Spain, as well as having been with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, drawing them in rehearsal. Her many journeys include painting in Italy and France. “I adore Florence and Paris,” she tells us.

Her materials are as diverse as her paintings. Using oils, watercolours or acrylics, her canvasses vary from the classical to the most modern, with subjects that go from landscapes to portraits. Her instinct for colour shows that her kindergarten teacher was right.

González Knight’s paintings hang in important private and public collections, including those of the Arts Centre in Andorra, the City and Guilds Institute as well as the Institute for Strategic Studies in London, and at Belvoir Castle, among others.

As an interior decorator, where that thing about colour flowers too, her work has been shown in important magazines, such as Casa y Campo in Spain, for instance. She tells us that her best murals are in country houses in Parque La Garroxa, in Girona, where she lived until four years ago and where she had her own Equestrian Centre, too.

Deborah González Knight moved from Girona to Jimena de la Frontera four years ago “because I am inspired by the light, the mountains and the countryside.” She gives private and group art classes there and wants to set up an art school to teach drawing and painting “in the classical manner”. She also works on commissions for tromp l’oile, murals and decorative effects such as rag rolling and marbling, as well as portraits.

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©Revista Miradas del Sur.2007

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12 Responses to “deborah gonzález knight”

  1. Michael Wallem Says:

    Very good sweetheart, I am impressed kissy kissy

  2. Recibimos este ‘testamento’ por e-mail:
    Deborah González Knight tiene un enorme talento, versatilidad y es una artista y profesora de arte comprometida. Cuando tuve clases con ella aprendí una gama de técnicas de dibujo y pintura, de teoría del color y aplicaciones prácticas. Además, enseña Historia del Arte y sobre los Grandes Maestros y cómo aplicaron sus técnicas, qué y cómo puede el estudiante pueden aprender de ellos. Alienta los estilos individuales de sus estudiantes y trabaja con una hasta que haya comprendido los conceptos que enseña. Dado su fuerte talento artístico, sus demostraciones, que da con generosidad en todas sus clases, son potentes herramientas de aprendizaje. Deborah trabaja mucho para que sus clases sean serias, sustanciales y ¡DIVERTIDAS! Espero volver a tener la oportunidad de ser su estudiante y de participar en sus clases. Pat Lynn, noviembre 2007.

    We received this comment by e-mail:
    Deborah Gonzales Knight is a hugely talented, versatile and committed artist and art teacher. When I took lessons from her, I learned a wide array of techniques for drawing and painting, color theory and practical applications. Further, she teaches art history and much about the masters and how they applied techniques, what and how students can learn from them. She supports and encourages individual learning styles and works with you for as long as it takes to understand the concepts being taught. Because of her own strong artistic talent, her demonstrations, which she gives generously in all her classes, are an invaluable and important learning tool. Deborah works hard to make her classes serious, substantive and FUN! I hope I will again have the opportunity to be her student and attend her classes. Pat Lynn, November, 2007

  3. Darkmark Says:

    Deborah Knight has been a good online friend for some time and it’s great to see her artistic talents acknowledged, especially in this page. I am impressed by her “horsey” paintings (which I’ve only had a chance to see here) and think she has a good career before her. Live large, Deb.

  4. Mia Giudetti Says:

    Deborah is an amazing teacher, she taught me alot about colour and technique. She is also amazing at paper marbling not just with inks but with oils too. She taught me many years ago but it is still alive in my work and I too have passed on all the information she shared with me. Go Deborah!!
    Mia xx

  5. Victoria Blair Says:

    Deborah is an excellent artist and I am luck enough to have some of her work adorning my walls. But she is also one of those rare individuals who is a naturally good teacher able to instil confidence and enthusiasim in her pupils. I really enjoyed taking lessons with her, they were fun and we laughed alot and I learnt more with her in a short time than I ever had with any one else. Her love of art really shines through and enthuses all her students. And she makes a great cup of tea!

  6. Deborah and I have been friends for many years. I can particularly remember being impressed by her drawings of trees when we first met. She has exquisite taste and is a very talented artist. I am privileged to own some of her artwork which proudly adorns the walls in my home.
    Well done Debs, I wish you every success with your latest venture.

  7. Mark Jones Says:

    I have known Deborah for a while now, and I can honestly say that she is a truly wonderful human being. She is also very talented artistically, and her art deserves a large audience.

  8. Erica Robb Says:

    I have known Deborah for years and have long admired and respected her huge talent, her ease with landscapes, her intuitive work, her deftness with colour and her imagination in her prints. She has so much to give both as artist and teacher.

  9. beautiful paintings

  10. Great reading your mini biog & seeing your work even in minature!!! I Look forward to seeing more lifesize. paintings & you!!! with the joy of Jesus Jenny

  11. Ricardo Mendez Says:

    DEBBIE THERE YOU ARE…I’VE BEEN GOOGLEING FOR MY B’MTH FRIENDS FOR YEARS…IS SOOOOOOOOOOOO EXCITING TO FIND YOU!!!
    COÑO QUE RICO…ESCRIBE…VEO QUE MI TOCAYO TE HA TRATADO BIEN… SIGUES BELLA!!!!!!!!!! AND YOU SPEACK MY LINGUA!!!!!!!!!!!

    Ricardo Mendez
    ricomen2000@yahoo.com

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