John Knuth


b. 1978, Minneapolis, MN

John Knuth’s innovative artistic output lies somewhere between painting and performance. His famed ‘fly paintings’ are created by feeding a mixture of sugar and acrylic paint to hundreds of thousands of common houseflies; over the course of six weeks, these insects consume and regurgitate the paint onto the canvas millions of times over. The results, evocative of Georges Seurat’s pointillism technique, summon imagery of the artist’s hometown, Los Angeles, and it’s swarming cityscape.

Exhibitions with L V H
Selected Work
So Cal, 2016 Acrylic flyspeck on canvas 101.6 x 152.4 cm | 40 x 60 in
Black Alchemy, 2014 Acrylic flyspeck on canvas 91.44 x 121.92 cm | 36 x 48 in