Born 16 September 1953. Parents Jack & Mollie Knowles. Brother Richard and sister Rosemary
Educated 1958 to 1965 - Dalefield Primary School, Carterton
1966 Commenced secondary education at Kuranui College, Greytown
1971 Attended Massey University, Palmerston North.
Begins painting seriously

Bought first farm in partnership with brother Richard Knowles.                         Operated in conjunction with parents farm.

1978 Richard and David purchase their second farm
1979 First public showing at the NZ Academy of Fine Arts
Winner of the Williams Art Award
  • Solo exhibition at Lewis-Paape Gallery, Lower Hutt
  • Commissioned portrait, Janet Lewis and Jonathan Paape
  • Other portrait commissions completed in the Wellington region
  • Winner NZ Academy of Fine Arts Caltex Art Award
  • Traveling for four months to Europe and America on a study of the worlds’ major Art Galleries and artists
1981 Solo Exhibition at Antipodes Gallery, Wellington
1982 Group Exhibition, Molesworth Gallery, Wellington
Traveled again to America for four months on a study of artists
1983 Solo Exhibition, Molesworth Gallery, “The Dancers’, paintings of dancers at practice in conjunction with ’The Royal NZ Ballet”. Exhibition officially opened by Sir John Trimmer.
Sold Out
  • Solo exhibition, Whitecliffe Gallery, Auckland
  • Commissioned portrait of Sir Jon Trimmer for the Alexander Turnball Library
  • More travel to various Pacific Islands
1985 Took a major court case against the IRD to the high court—essentially allowing non associated expenses for inspiration as tax deductable. Won the case and a law precedent was created and published in the Gazette. Anything deemed by the artist to be inspirational was able to be claimed as a tax deduction. No painting was done in these years.
1988 Exhibited at Landmark Gallery, Christchurch
  • Exhibited at Ferner Galleries, Wellington
  • Exhibited at Fishers Fine Arts, Christchurch and Auckland.
  • Exhibited at Rosaland Gallery, Dunedin.
  • Exhibited at Rutherford Gallery, Nelson.
  • Exhibited at Lewis-Paape Gallery, Lower Hutt
  • Extended travel to USA
1990 Married
Ongoing representation at the above Galleries
1992 Commissioned large 3 panel landscape “Earth Abides” for Solway Park Copthorne Resort Hotel, Masterton.
1993 Began association with Featherston Gallery, Exhibited at the Artex Lifestyle Expo, Auckland.
1994 Again exhibited at the Artex Lifestyle Expo, Auckland.
1995 Finalist Norsewear Art Award, Hawkes Bay.
1996 Accepted Sargent Art Competition, Wanganui
  • Sold out share of Family farming partnership
  • Began painting full-time. 
  • Interviewed by Australian Artist magazine for feature article.
2003 Invited to Biennial International of Contemporary Art in Florence, Italy.
Traveled to Italy and the USA.
2004 Featured in Ten Modern NZ Masters Exhibition at Fishers Fine Arts, Christchurch.
2005 Built present house at Woodside, Greytown.
Launch of David Knowles Art website
2007 Began an ongoing commission to create a series of ten authentic Old Master copies Including De Vinci, De la Tour, Salviati and Caravaggio
2008 Portrait commissions
Completed tenth Old Master replica – Bronzino portrait
  • Solo Exhibition Icon Gallery, Masterton.
  • Exhibited at Taylor-Jensen Fine Arts, Palmerston North.
  • Accepted North Shore City Art Awards, Auckland.
  • Began ongoing association with WaiArt in Carterton. Top selling artist.
  • Commissioned ‘Sharon’s Sea’ - Auckland  
  • Only New Zealand artist to be selected by Inspirationz, an international motivational publishing company. 
  • Five selected paintings marketed globally by Inspirationz as posters. 
  • Began work on the ‘Light of Hope’ series. Kereru painting used by the Cancer Society for their Christmas Fundraising project
  • On going participation in the NZ Academy of Fine Arts Exhibition
  • Completed ‘Light of Hope’ Series One
  • Completed ‘Waitomo’ a major landscape commission 60 inches square for Waitomo House, a commercial development in central Hamilton.
  • A major work called ‘Ascendancy’ was sold by Quent Cordair Fine Arts in Napa Valley, California USA
  • Exhibited at: Academy of Fine Arts, 
  • The NZ Art Show 2011 in Wellington, two landscapes sold
  • Began work on second series of ‘Light Of Hope’
  • Planning stages of Knowles Woodside Gallery – Greytown
  • Commissioned to paint 'Gladstone Church' for a wedding gift
  • Waikato branch of the Cancer Society use 'Light of New Zealand Series One' cards for one of their annual fundraising events.
  • Completion of 'Light of New Zealand Series Two'
  • Completed Gladstone Church commission
  • Painted 'Big Sky South'
  • Painted 'The Hawke Diptych'
  • Painted 'To The East'
  • Invited to exhibit at the NZ Academy of Fine Arts in the 'Solo 33' exhibition
  • Opening night - April 13th with the first public presentation of the 'Light of New Zealand' Series One and Two
  • Launch of Card and Print 'Light of New Zealand Series One'
  • Accepted into Kapiti Coast Annual Art Awards - Winner of Best Kapiti Coast Theme - 'Kapiti' and winner of Best Oil Painting - 'Forest'
  • Portrait commission of 'three grandchildren' for client.
  • Began Riversdale Series
  • Three grandchildren commission delivered to client. titled "Millenium III"
  • Completed series of studies at Riversdale Beach
  • Set up display at "Riversdale Gallery" 
  • Light of New Zealand series 1 & 2 displayed as 'one window' at Riversdale 
  • Began painting large oil - "Of White Tigers and Peacocks" which was completed mid 2013
  • Accepted into the NZ Original Art Show in Auckland held in April - four paintings exhibited.
  • "Wall" display at NZ Art Show in Wellington.
  • Light of New Zealand series 1 and 2 installed in the Koru Lounge at Auckland International Airport, for public display.
  • Sold "Still River' from Quent Cordair Fine Arts in Napa Valley, California USA
  • Completed several small art works exhibited at Wai-Art
  • Exhibited fifteen paintings in the Waikato for collector
  • Resolved to paint major art works in 2014
  • Major Work completed - Butterfly III
  • Major Work completed - Renaissance Horse
  • Small works completed to participate and support local Art Awards Shows
  • Winner best oil painting at the Kapiti Art Show
 Facebook Please note that David's timeline has been continued in a visual art form using his Facebook Page.  We welcome your visits and your comments.