jknaff@faculty@ocadu.ca
OCAD University
Jean-Christian Knaff
Associate Professor
Faculty of Design
jknaff@faculty@ocadu.ca

Area(s) of Expertise

Illustration, Event Art Direction and Design, Animation

Overview

Jean-Christian Knaff lives and works in Toronto where he has founded with his wife Claude Miceli, their own company, Knaff and Miceli. He teaches illustration at the Ontario College of Art & Design, where he is Chair of First-Year, Design. Knaff's animation, The Wild, Wild Circus Company was nominated for the Nicktoons Animation Festival in the US and is currently aired on the YTV network in Canada. He won the UNICEF award at Annecy International Animation Film Festival and a gold medal at the New York International Animation Film Festival. He is currently working on his new book 'Adam Elephant'.

Education

BA, English Literature, Université Stendhal, Grenoble, France MA, English Linguistics, Université Stendhal, Grenoble, France

Professional Experience

 

 

 

     JEAN-CHRISTIAN KNAFF

 

     59 Columbine Ave. unit 1

 

     Toronto, ON, M4L 1P6

 

     knaffmiceli@sympatico.ca

     www.mikka.ca

 

 

Résumé

 

Education

 

BA  ENGLISH LITERATURE  UNIVERSITÉ STENDHAL GRENOBLE, FRANCE

MA  TEACHING AND ENGLISH LINGUISTICS UNIVERSITÉ STENDHAL, FRANCE 

 

Professional experience

 

1982 

CREATION OF PLUM ART STUDIO, MONTREAL, CANADA

 

1982/1984

TEACHES ILLUSTRATION AT THE UNIVERSITY OF QUEBEC IN MONTREAL

 

1986/1989

TEACHES COMMUNICATION ART AT THE SCHOOL OF DESIGN, UNIVERSITY OF KINGSTON, UK  

 

1995/1999

TEACHES CONCEPT ILLUSTRATION AT ECOLE D’ARTS GRAPHIQUES, AXE SUD, MARSEILLE, FRANCE

 

2001/2003

TEACHES ADVANCED, DRAWING AND PAINTING/DRAWING ILLUSTRATION AT OCAD UNIVERSIY, TORONTO, CANADA AND FORMATION ILLUSTRATION AT SHERIDAN COLLEGE IN OAKVILLE, CANADA

 

2003/2004

TEACHES ILLUSTRATION (4TH YEAR) AT THE ONTARIO COLLEGE OF ART AND DESIGN, (OCAD UNIVERSITY) TORONTO CANADA

 

2004/2005

CHAIR, FIRST YEAR DESIGN AND ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR AT OCADU

TEACHES 1ST YEAR AND 4TH YEAR ILLUSTRATION 

 

2005/2006

CHAIR, FIRST YEAR DESIGN AND ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR AT OCADU

TEACHES 1ST YEAR AND 4TH YEAR ILLUSTRATION

 

2006/2007

CHAIR, FIRST YEAR DESIGN AND ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR AT OCADU

TEACHES 1ST YEAR ILLUSTRATION AND ILLUSTRATION THESIS (4th Year)

 

2007/2008

CHAIR, FIRST YEAR DESIGN AND ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR AT OCADU

TEACHES 1ST YEAR ILLUSTRATION AND ILLUSTRATION THESIS (4th Year)

 

2008/2010

ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR, ILLUSTRATION DEPARTMENT, OCADU

 

JUNE 2009

LECTURE AT SAVANNAH COLLEGE OF ART, SAVANNAH, GA, USA

 

2010/2011

ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR, ILLUSTRATION DEPARTMENT, OCADU

COORDINATOR OF THE OCAD UNIVERSITY FLORENCE PROGRAM

 

2011/2012

ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR.  ON SABBATICAL LEAVE. DRIVING THROUGH EUROPE, TURKEY AND INDIA TO PRODUCE AN ARTIST BOOK AS WELL AS AN EXHIBITION

LECTURE AT MARMARA UNIVERSITY, ISTANBUL

 

Publications and Design work:

 

RITZENHOFF,GERMANY

ART PUZZLE FOR HEYE DESIGN, MUNICH, GERMANY

PHONE CARDS FOR FRANCE TELECOM

PHONE CARDS FOR DEUTSCH TELEKOM 

RADIO TIMES, LONDON, UK

THE NEW SCIENTIST, LONDON, UK

PICADOR, LONDON, UK

GORDON GIN ADVERTISING CAMPAIGN, LONDON, UK

PERNOD ADVERTISING ANIMATION, LONDON, UK

BBC 2 XMAS ANIMATION, LONDON, UK

PENGUIN, LONDON, UK,

THE SUNDAY TIMES, LONDON, UK

FABER AND FABER, LONDON, UK

THE FLAIR/CREATIVE MATCH, LONDON, UK

OBSERVER, LONDON, UK

ANNUAL REPORT FOR GTI, ROTTERDAM, NETHERLANDS

IBM CALENDAR HAMBURG, GERMANY

STERN MAGAZINE, HAMBURG, GERMANY

THE BOOK, PARIS, FRANCE

MARIE CLAIRE, PARIS, FRANCE

L’EVENEMENT DU JEUDI, PARIS, FRANCE

VSD, PARIS, FRANCE,

LE NOUVEL OBSERVATEUR, PARIS, FRANCE

CHATELAINE, MONTREAL, CANADA

VIA RAIL, MONTREAL, CANADA

THE TIMES, HONG KONG

IMAGE FOR THE SWATCH GALLERY, ZURICH 

POSTER FOR MACINTOSH GERMANY

DIE ZEIT, HAMBURG

PLAYBOY GERMANY

CAMPUS LIFE MAGAZINE USA

GQ MAGAZINE, NEW YORK, USA

KNOPF, NEW YORK, USA

PENTHOUSE, USA 

THE QUALITY REVIEW, MILWAUKEE, USA

EUROPEAN ILLUSTRATION

AMERICAN ILLUSTRATION

CREATIVE QUATERLY, NEW YORK

3X3 MAGAZINE, NEW YORK

 

Exhibitions:

 

1978 

GALERIE LA LUCARNE, ST. SAUVEUR, QUEBEC

1979 

GALERIE DU FLEUVE, QUEBEC

1982 

D&AD AMERICAN ILLUSTRATION, NEW YORK

1983 

WILLIAMS FINE ARTS, LONDON

1984 

ART DIRECTORS’ CLUB, GOLD MEDAL, TORONTO

1988 

THE AOI GALLERY, LONDON

1989 

CENTRE CULTUREL JACQUES PREVERT, CHERBOURG, FRANCE

1990 

CREATIVE REVIEW AWARDS 1ST PRIZE, LONDON

1990 

HAMILTON GALLERY, LONDON

1990 

VAN GOGH ITINARY EXHIBITION, AMSTERDAM, HOLLAND

1991 

KUNST FUR KOMMERZ, HUBAUER GALLERY, HAMBURG, GERMANY

1992 

GALERIE LES QUATRE MAINS, MANOSQUE, FRANCE

1993 

SWATCH GALLERY, ZURICH, GERMANY

1994 

EXHIBITION FOR RWANDA, BEAUMONT DE PERTUIS, FRANCE

1994 

LES XVIIèmes RENCONTRES DE CHATEAU-ARNOUX, FRANCE

1995

GALERIE CUPILLARD, GRENOBLE, FRANCE

1995 

GALERIE CUPILLARD, St TROPEZ, FRANCE

1995 

GALERIE DES TANNERIES, NERAC, FRANCE

1995 

LES XVIIIèmes RENCONTRES DE CHATEAU-ARNOUX, FRANCE

1995 

GALERIE LE CARGO, MARSEILLE, FRANCE

2002 

JOHN STEINBERG AND ASSOCIATES, TORONTO

2003 

GALERIE LE VIEUX MOULIN, L’ISLE SUR LA SORGUE, FRANCE

2004 

GALERIE MIRABEAU, AIX EN PROVENCE, FRANCE

2005 

BLUNDSTONE/SKETCH COMPETITION STEAMWHISTLE GALLERY, TORONTO

2006

BLUNDSTONE/SKETCH COMPETITION STEAMWHISTLE GALLERY, TORONTO

2007

BLUNDSTONE/SKETCH COMPETITION STEAMWHISTLE GALLERY, TORONTO

2008

BLUNDSTONE/SKETCH COMPETITION STEAMWHISTLE GALLERY, TORONTO

2009

CURATOR AND DESIGNER (WITH HIS PARTNER CLAUDE MICELI) OF NUIT BLANCHE, TORONTO

 

Recent works

 

2009

HUGO LEGO a Children’s Book published by Bouton d’Or Acadie publishers, Moncton, NB Canada

 

2010

ADAM ELEFANTa Children’s Book published by Bouton d’Or Acadie publishers  Moncton, NB Canada

 

2011

THE 7 KINGS a Children’ Book, in collaboration wit his partner, Claude Miceli unpublished  

 

RUGS DESIGNS  manufactured in India

 

LA SPECOLA,a series of illustrations and prints after La Specola Museum in Florence, Italy

 

2011/2012

FROM TORONTO TO MUMBAI  a series of  photographs in situ

SCRIPTfor SIHANAKA, a feature film in collaboration with his partner Claude Miceli

 

 

 Awards

 

1988

         Mother Goose finalist for the book MANHATTAN, London, UK

 

1990

         Finalist for Best British Animation (BBCII), Bristol, UK

 

1997

         UNICEF prize, Annecy International Animation Film Festival

         (MANHATTAN)

 

1998

         Gold Award at New York International Animation Film Festival

         (MANHATTAN)

 

2005

         Nominee for Nicktoon Animation Festival (THE WILD, WILD CIRCUS

        COMPANY)

 

2009

         Creative Quaterly Merit award New York

 

2009

         3x3 Magazine Silver award New York

 

2009

         American Illustration selected New York

 

2010

         Images, The AOI, London

 

2011

        Image published in ‘Illustrati’, Italy

 

 

 

 

Selected Exhibitions

2002: John Steinberg and Associates, Toronto 1995: Galerie Le Cargo, Marseilles, France 1995: Les XVIII?mes Rencontres de Chateau-Arnoux, France 1995: Galerie des Tanneries, N?rac, France 1995: Galerie Cupillard, Grenoble, France 1994: Les XVIII?mes Rencontres de Chateau-Arnoux, France 1994: Exhibition for Ruanda, Beaumont, France 1993: Swatch Gallery, Zurich, Switzerland 1992: Galerie les 4 Mains, Manosque, France

Awards \ Grants

2009: Merit award: Creative Quarterly NY

2009: Silver award Creative Quarterly NY

2009: 3x3 magazine Merit. NY

2009: American Illustration NY

1998: Gold Medal at the New York International Animation Festival 1997: UNICEF Prize, Annecy International Animation Festival 1994: Grand Prize, 18th Art Show, Chateau Arnoux, France 1993: Image selected by Swatch, Zurich 1990: Finalist for "Best British Animation" (BBC2 Animation for Xmas), Bristol, UK 1989: Creative Review Award for best use of humour 1988: Mother Goose Award for the book Manhattan 1984: Gold Medal, Art Directors' Club, Toronto

Commissions

Swatch, Zurich, Switzerland

Selected Publications

Glass design for Ritzenhoff, Germany Art puzzle for Heye Design, Munich Phone cards for France Telecom and Deutsch Telekom Annual report for GTI, Rotterdam Children books for Faber and Faber, London, Knopf, New York and Middelhauve Verlag, Munich Image for Swatch, Zurich Campaign for Gordon Gin, London Design and illustration for the European calendar of IBM Germany Regular collaboration with Die Zeit, Germany

Professional Affiliations / Boards / Juries

Curator for Nuit Blanche, OCAD 2009