Mark King was born in Bombay India in 1931, to British parents.
He experienced an exotic upbringing for the first 16 years of his life,
having been a member of a priviledged family and living in India during
the tumulous last days of the British Raj. King was educated at La Martinere
College in Calcutta, where he studied botany and art. Following graduation
from La Martinere College he moved to England and at Bournemouth College
of Art, where he studied painting, sculpture, architecture, and theater
design. Subsequently, King invested 10 years as a resident scenic designer
at the Oxford Playhouse Theatre, the Old Vic Theatre, and the Scottish
National Opera. In 1961 King moved to Paris to study art at Ecole de Beaux-Art
and the Louvre. King says that while in Paris, he devoted intense study
on the works of old and modern art masters from Cimabue and Masaccio to
Goya, Gericault, Turner, Degas, and Bonnard. It was in Paris that King
became particularly facinated with painting techniques and the chemical
composition and interaction of color. Here he launched the beginnings
of a very personal interpretation of light and space, which later defined
his creative process.
King loves music; he is an accomplished cellist. Mark King
says his study of music, archeology, anthropology, and botany all vastly
increase his sensitivity and understanding of art. His love and interest
in Persian miniatures enlighten him about Eastern and Western philosophies.
King believes they influence his compositions, as well as the mood of
his paintings and graphics.
In the relm of the visual arts; in addition to being recognized
as a painter and accomplished printmaker, King is always noted for his
expertise as a set designer for theater and opera. Interestingly, his
set designing experience formed the underpinning of his painting and printmaking
style. -- King prepares a foundation for each painting or serigraph, on
which he meticulously layers glazes, as a substrata for the five or ten
percent of acrylic paint that floats on top of each artwork. The foundation/underpainting
visually filters through to the surface of his art and creates an illusion
of depth. King's work with strong patterns of brilliant color infuse images
with texture. His command over the nature of paint and his vision of the
subject matter define his personal style. -- Mark King's art work is shown
at USA Artexpo in New York, and California. His art is exhibited in galleries
and in private and corporate collections throughout the United States
Fox Hunt and Bengal Family, shown below, are representative of Mark King's unique style and colorful representation of figures and animals. His screen prints are painterly in style, created with a meticulous layering of colors and glazes. Their surface is rich and tactile, and look like the texture of oil paintings.
Contact us to see: Leopard, Zebra, Spinnakers, and Pulse of the City (58"x 42").
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