Chad is more than just a freelance artist, he is the Head of 3D Design at Nike and not so long ago retired from an exciting career as a professional skateboarder that ran from 1998-2011. Nowadays, when he isn’t working for Nike, his unique artwork is enjoyed by people around the world. Chad Knight’s vibrant digital art moves between the meditative and the frenetic. the artist’s personal work seems to exist in alien worlds, with his works being made in Cinema 4D. These are places inhabited by enormous elaborate beings that appear in mid-evolution. The artist posts a new creation each day on his Instagram account as part of an ongoing, prolific effort.
Does your interest in science and mysteries influence your art?
I think that ever since I was young, I was the kid who would get “mysteries of the unknown” type books. I’ve always been very intrigued by things we don’t have any answers to. When I was younger, I was interested in going into a career like astronomy or deep sea exploration. As I got older I realized that’s because those were the two areas I knew at the time as areas where there was still much to be discovered. And then, as I got older, I took an interest in philosophy and psychology; kind of transforming my interests from the external world to how it relates to me, how the brain works, and things like that. There has always been something that intrigues me about there being more to life than what we see. I just don’t think there’s any chance we could know, see, and sense everything. I believe there’s a much more interesting world or universe that we’re a part of, that maybe we are just too busy to take the time to kind of look at and see. I’m very interested in how thought works; how we get certain ideas from the unconscious to the conscious; why some people are created and some aren’t; and geometry. I think it all ties to things we just don’t know about.
When it comes to growth, how do you push yourself? What motivates you to want to improve?
"I learn by doing, and trial and error. Initially, growing up and well into my 20’s I had probably a lower self-esteem than most people, and I felt like I had to compensate for that. My solution was staying competitive. If you can do something better, why not do it? I’m one of those people whose mind never quiets. I’m constantly thinking about things. I’m constantly problem solving so I like to explore ideas and see how I can make things better. If it’s work I’m doing and it’s being tied to me, I want it to be of a certain quality. I think that just stems from holding myself to high standards or being competitive with myself. Some people are just super competitive and that’s what it boils down to. I just think, if you could do it better, why not do it better."
When it comes to being “out-of-the-box”, what do you enjoy doing that only people close to you may know?
"I like to listen to podcasts and watch documentaries on science, space explorations, metaphysical topics, and anything that relates to mysteries of the human kind. It makes me feel like there’s something more to this life than going through the motions."
Where do you see yourself 5 years from now?
"I’d like to be in a place where I’m able to use my experiences to help reinvent how designers work. I also hope to continue learning and growing as an artist myself and evolve my creations into physical installations."
What do you want people to take away from your art?
“The 3D medium is so immersive and limitless: you are not bound by the laws of physics, you can be like a magician. In my art I’m trying to capture in a physical form our universal feelings of compassion and motivation. I want people looking at my work to realize that they are powerful and capable of every- thing, regardless of what they look like or what other people classify them as.”