Écho de la pensée, 2018, oil on linen, 92 x 122 cm
Visions before Midnight
Richard Knafelc’s representational paintings in his Visions before Midnight series explore strangeness, mystery, the unexplained, and dream-like states. He achieves this by utilising depictions of lights or stars which appear to float through highly coloured, unreal landscapes. These highly-charged environments are often inhabited by human figures trying to make sense of them; at other times the individuals are oblivious to their surroundings.
The titles of the works reference subjective psychological states, invented personal stories, and psychological phenomenology, and add a further layer of meaning and ambiguity.
Knafelc creates painted collages from digital photographic sources to effect a combination of multiple times and places to explore the idea of simultaneity, the subconscious, and non-linear narratives. In so doing, he investigates the rational versus the irrational.
It was not a hypnagogic state, 2018, oil on linen, 92 x 137.5 cm