Jeffrey Knopf is interest folk customs. Whilst living in Switzerland in 2013, Knopf started researching the Swiss folklore traditions. This initial seed has been expanding to include masking and guising traditions that stretch throughout Europe. Knopf uses these traditions as a platform to create narratives within his art practise. Using woodcut, Knopf uses the mask as a metaphor; a way of revealing our true selves in an emotional sense. Knopf seeks to create an interactive dialogue in order to bring these traditions back into the public consciousness.
Jeffrey Knopf graduated from Leicester De Montfort university in 1994 with a BA (hons) in ceramics and glass. In his spare time he was a stencil cut graffiti artist. In 1995 he designed and created a billboard for Fosters Ice street art project in London. Jeffrey was also the front man of the Manchester based situationist, rock art group The Black Curtain. Recent exhibitions include: Trait Noir open exhibitions 2014 & 2015, Fribourg, Switzerland, followed by a Solo Exhibition in 2015; Xylon Anniversary Show, Zurich, Switzerland. In March 2015, Knopf was voted in as a member of Xylon, the association of Swiss woodcut artists. To date he is the only British member of this association. His prints are also in the archive of the Museum of British Folklore.