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A Kindred Spirit: David J. Knight

Well it’s not every day you bump into someone you think you’ve known all your life.  That happened to me back on November 18th, 2017.  I was visiting a very interesting conference at UCLA called, “Sound and the Sacred” – a conference that was part of the Medieval and Renaissance Studies.  I often pop in when the conferences spark my interest, and this particular one certainly did, as it was dealing with music within sacred spaces, churches, cathedrals, etc., and I’m a sucker for choral music.  I noticed that one of the speakers had a Southampton University connection – my original hometown.  David Knight was to give a lecture on “Sensory Reflections Of San Vitale; From Sixth-Century Ostrogothic Ravenna, to Dante and Beyond”.  Now don’t ask me what all that means because I have no f—–g idea, but I did sense that I was going to learn something fascinating from my Southampton-connection man – and I did.  I was determined to meet this lad, so, wearing my ‘Saints’ Southampton football-team training jacket, I introduced myself before he spoke.  To say that we hit it off is a huge understatement; we clicked like long lost brothers.  David hails from Canada, but spent a great deal of time in my home town as an Archeologist at the City University; my memories and David’s memories of Southampton and the surrounding rural area, The New Forest, got us chatting away like family members remembering our shared linked past.  And David just happens to be the archetypal Renaissance man; his myriad of great talents touch upon music making, photography, graphic design, book authorship, historian and most everything that falls under the wide definition of Art!

Without making this too long-winded (I could write a book about this gentleman), we decided to stay in touch after the conference and, needless to say, we became great friends. The more I looked into David’s work, the more I was enchanted by it; I had stumbled upon a great creator.  When I saw some of David’s drawings, I was knocked back by his great sensitivity and finesse and feeling, which prompted me to eventually ask David if he’d draw a portrait of me (it had always been on my ‘wish list’).  He graciously agreed.  That’s what you see here:

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David’s intimate rendition of ‘yours truly’ – done with pencil (a variety of different grades) and a light water wash with brush!  It now hangs in my little library room.  David then became my official ‘Painter of the Senses’ – a term I don’t use lightly.  He has been regularly providing me with mesmerizing images for my many future albums-in-the-works.  He is a profound creative experimenter and much of what he is providing me with artistically, relates to my music psychologically and emotionally.

I wanted to introduce the prolific Mr. Knight to you all today, and share with you his insightful personal portrait of me – something I’m very proud of.  You will be seeing a lot more of his visions and images in my future album releases, in particular, in my imminent new release, “The Amber of Memory”.

Please check out the links below to David’s kaleidoscope of work and interests, and please feel free to reach out to him … he welcomes inspiration.  And P.S.:  he’s about to release his own solo album of music (I’m fortunate to have been privy to hearing it come together).  The music, like the man, is universal, inspiring and beautifully challenging, and I’m still baffled – what CAN’T this guy do?  But most of all, and what counts is that he’s a generous, caring soul with a massive big heart.

So Ladies and Gentlemen, I give you…. David J. Knight – Painter of the Senses.

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Cheers everybody.

– Martin

David J. Knight Links:

David’s artist page on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DavidJohnathanKnight/

Artist/Author/Archaeologist website: http://davidjknight.weebly.com

Academic writings: http://soton.academia.edu/DavidKnight

Experimental publications: Fenylalanine Publishing https://fenylalanine.wordpress.com

Book publications (Vocamus Editions): https://vocamus.net/press/genres/editions-novels/cromaboo-mail-carrier

and (The History Press): “King Lucius of Britain”: https://www.thehistorypress.co.uk/publication/king-lucius-of-britain/9780752445724/

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