John Ward Knox is a conceptual artist whose practice spans a number of media, including installation, video, drawing and sculpture. Graduating from the University of Auckland’s Elam School of Fine Arts with an MFA in 2008, Ward Knox has gone on to receive the Frances Hodgkins Fellowship, in 2015. His work has been exhibited at the Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki, Chartwell Collection, Govett-Brewster Gallery and James Wallace Arts Trust.
Ward Knox’s artistic inquiry critiques the relationship between space and object, privileging the story of an artwork rather than the object itself. His work has a restrained quality that emphasises the exploratory nature of his practice, but also touches on the theme of transgression. More recent works, such as ush and small change, explore the idea of “positive transgression” as a way of increasing the value of an object.