Sebastiaan Knot, a Dutch artist born in Groningen in 1970, is currently based in Rotterdam. With over 20 years of experience in commercial photography, graphic, and web design, Knot has transitioned into the world of fine art in recent years. He creates abstract compositions using light as his primary medium to manipulate color and form, resulting in visually striking pieces that challenge the viewer's perception. Knot's work has been exhibited internationally, including a notable show at Fondation Vasarely in July 2022, where his work was displayed alongside that of Victor Vasarely. His photographs are held in the collection of the Maasstad Hospital, as well as in private collections. Knot has been featured in various publications, including a 12-page feature in Aesthetica Magazine issue 111 in 2023.
Knot's approach to photography is unconventional; he uses light as the subject matter itself rather than using it to make something visible. He emphasizes the organic nature of the forms and the interplay between light and space by creating illusory geometries without any digital manipulation. Knot's work is created in his studio, where he places a composition of simple shapes surrounded by studio lamps with different color filters. When shooting, the composition is illuminated simultaneously, resulting in a unique shot with scattered light, shadows, and mixed colors. This process creates a unique visual experience that challenges the viewer's perception of reality. Knot's work invites the viewer to immerse themselves in a world of vibrant abstractions.
Inspired by the Light and Space movement of the 1960s and the work of artists like James Turrell, Knot seeks to create works that transcend the physical world and transport the viewer to a realm of pure sensation. He is drawn to the simplicity and purity of geometric forms and believes that the interaction of these forms with light can reveal hidden dimensions and possibilities. Through his work, Knot hopes to expand the viewer's understanding of the world around them and challenge them to see beyond the surface level of things. Knot is represented by Project 2.0 Gallery in The Hague, NL, and exhibited by IdeelArt in London, UK.