Title of Work
Art & Design Study Collection
School of Medicine & Health Sciences Building
Marguerite Knight received her BA degree from the University College of Wales in the United Kingdom, her Diploma in Fine Art from Vesper George School of Art in Boston, and her MFA degree from UND. She has taught painting in the United Kingdom at the Bristol School of Art, the Open College of the Arts, and the Bristol Folk House.
The technique Knight used to make this painting was first used in the 1950s by American abstract painters Helen Frankenthaler, Morris Louis, and Kenneth Noland. It involved letting watery acrylic paint to soak into raw (unprimed) canvas, rather than using a brush to apply strokes of paint. It was an abstract style that challenged earlier abstract expressionist paintings that were often more textured than the very flat surfaces yielded by the staining technique utilized in the painting on display.