Cerys Knighton is a 28-year-old Welsh artist from Porthcawl.

She mostly draws with a pointillism technique, layering thousands of individual ink dots in shades of black, grey, and bronze to build textures. Her drawings also contrast textures of pointillism against winding lines of ink and softer pencil textures. Beyond drawing, Cerys also creates sculptural work, combining acrylic painting or decorating slips and glazes on clay with driftwood and flora that she shapes and dries into particular expressions.

Cerys Knighton Artist
 

Cerys Knighton filming with S4C Prynhawn Da, working on clay, driftwood, and dried flower sculptures.

Filming with S4C Prynhawn Da, October 2020

Research:

Cerys has submitted a PhD thesis in medical history and literature, researching the historical conceptualisation of a manic-depressive illness. Her work examined developments in diagnostic categories, forms and places of treatment, and perceptions of patients. The artwork drawn from this research seeks a space for reflection: looking at how medical categories and representations have evolved to reflect on our own perceptions of bipolarity today.

'On the Edge of Restoration', Question Journal: Frontiers, 3 (2019)
 

Bio:

Cerys has had four solo exhibitions and her work has been featured in numerous group exhibitions in Wales. She won first prize at the Doctoral Academy’s Images of Research Exhibition in 2021 for the conceptual work exploring her research, and in 2019 received the Disability Art Award from the Livery Company of Wales. Her work has been featured by numerous media outlets including the BBC and S4C.

Cerys Knighton filming with S4C Prynhawn Da, working on clay, driftwood, and dried flower sculptures.

Filming with S4C Prynhawn Da, October 2020

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Pointillism artwork by Cerys Knighton, 'On the Edge of Restoration', published in Issue 3 of Question Journal.