||16 September 1953. Parents Jack & Mollie Knowles. Brother Richard and sister Rosemary
||1958 to 1965 - Dalefield Primary School, Carterton
||Commenced secondary education at Kuranui College, Greytown
||Attended Massey University, Palmerston North.
Begins painting seriously
Bought first farm in partnership with brother Richard Knowles. Operated in conjunction with parents farm.
||Richard and David purchase their second farm
||First public showing at the NZ Academy of Fine Arts
Winner of the Williams Art Award
- Solo exhibition at Lewis-Paape Gallery, Lower Hutt
- Commissioned portrait, Janet Lewis and Jonathan Paape
- Other portrait commissions completed in the Wellington region
- Winner NZ Academy of Fine Arts Caltex Art Award
- Traveling for four months to Europe and America on a study of the worlds’ major Art Galleries and artists
||Solo Exhibition at Antipodes Gallery, Wellington
||Group Exhibition, Molesworth Gallery, Wellington
Traveled again to America for four months on a study of artists
||Solo Exhibition, Molesworth Gallery, “The Dancers’, paintings of dancers at practice in conjunction with ’The Royal NZ Ballet”. Exhibition officially opened by Sir John Trimmer.
- Solo exhibition, Whitecliffe Gallery, Auckland
- Commissioned portrait of Sir Jon Trimmer for the Alexander Turnball Library
- More travel to various Pacific Islands
||Took a major court case against the IRD to the high court—essentially allowing non associated expenses for inspiration as tax deductable. Won the case and a law precedent was created and published in the Gazette. Anything deemed by the artist to be inspirational was able to be claimed as a tax deduction. No painting was done in these years.
||Exhibited at Landmark Gallery, Christchurch
- Exhibited at Ferner Galleries, Wellington
- Exhibited at Fishers Fine Arts, Christchurch and Auckland.
- Exhibited at Rosaland Gallery, Dunedin.
- Exhibited at Rutherford Gallery, Nelson.
- Exhibited at Lewis-Paape Gallery, Lower Hutt
- Extended travel to USA
Ongoing representation at the above Galleries
||Commissioned large 3 panel landscape “Earth Abides” for Solway Park Copthorne Resort Hotel, Masterton.
||Began association with Featherston Gallery, Exhibited at the Artex Lifestyle Expo, Auckland.
||Again exhibited at the Artex Lifestyle Expo, Auckland.
||Finalist Norsewear Art Award, Hawkes Bay.
||Accepted Sargent Art Competition, Wanganui
- Sold out share of Family farming partnership
- Began painting full-time.
- Interviewed by Australian Artist magazine for feature article.
||Invited to Biennial International of Contemporary Art in Florence, Italy.
Traveled to Italy and the USA.
||Featured in Ten Modern NZ Masters Exhibition at Fishers Fine Arts, Christchurch.
||Built present house at Woodside, Greytown.
Launch of David Knowles Art website
||Began an ongoing commission to create a series of ten authentic Old Master copies Including De Vinci, De la Tour, Salviati and Caravaggio
Completed tenth Old Master replica – Bronzino portrait
- Solo Exhibition Icon Gallery, Masterton.
- Exhibited at Taylor-Jensen Fine Arts, Palmerston North.
- Accepted North Shore City Art Awards, Auckland.
- Began ongoing association with WaiArt in Carterton. Top selling artist.
- Commissioned ‘Sharon’s Sea’ - Auckland
- Only New Zealand artist to be selected by Inspirationz, an international motivational publishing company.
- Five selected paintings marketed globally by Inspirationz as posters.
- Began work on the ‘Light of Hope’ series. Kereru painting used by the Cancer Society for their Christmas Fundraising project
- On going participation in the NZ Academy of Fine Arts Exhibition
- Completed ‘Light of Hope’ Series One
- Completed ‘Waitomo’ a major landscape commission 60 inches square for Waitomo House, a commercial development in central Hamilton.
- A major work called ‘Ascendancy’ was sold by Quent Cordair Fine Arts in Napa Valley, California USA
- Exhibited at: Academy of Fine Arts,
- The NZ Art Show 2011 in Wellington, two landscapes sold
- Began work on second series of ‘Light Of Hope’
- Planning stages of Knowles Woodside Gallery – Greytown
- Commissioned to paint 'Gladstone Church' for a wedding gift
- Waikato branch of the Cancer Society use 'Light of New Zealand Series One' cards for one of their annual fundraising events.
- Completion of 'Light of New Zealand Series Two'
- Completed Gladstone Church commission
- Painted 'Big Sky South'
- Painted 'The Hawke Diptych'
- Painted 'To The East'
- Invited to exhibit at the NZ Academy of Fine Arts in the 'Solo 33' exhibition
- Opening night - April 13th with the first public presentation of the 'Light of New Zealand' Series One and Two
- Launch of Card and Print 'Light of New Zealand Series One'
- Accepted into Kapiti Coast Annual Art Awards - Winner of Best Kapiti Coast Theme - 'Kapiti' and winner of Best Oil Painting - 'Forest'
- Portrait commission of 'three grandchildren' for client.
- Began Riversdale Series
- Three grandchildren commission delivered to client. titled "Millenium III"
- Completed series of studies at Riversdale Beach
- Set up display at "Riversdale Gallery"
- Light of New Zealand series 1 & 2 displayed as 'one window' at Riversdale
- Began painting large oil - "Of White Tigers and Peacocks" which was completed mid 2013
- Accepted into the NZ Original Art Show in Auckland held in April - four paintings exhibited.
- "Wall" display at NZ Art Show in Wellington.
- Light of New Zealand series 1 and 2 installed in the Koru Lounge at Auckland International Airport, for public display.
- Sold "Still River' from Quent Cordair Fine Arts in Napa Valley, California USA
- Completed several small art works exhibited at Wai-Art
- Exhibited fifteen paintings in the Waikato for collector
- Resolved to paint major art works in 2014
- Major Work completed - Butterfly III
- Major Work completed - Renaissance Horse
- Small works completed to participate and support local Art Awards Shows
- Winner best oil painting at the Kapiti Art Show
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