Ethos

 

As a painter I am interested in the appropriate skills and techniques required to fully articulate and create my work, but beyond this I aim to challenge and question modern concepts and assumptions, within a metaphysical and symbolic idiom. I use high quality traditional oil pigments, on a fine ground, which offers an incredible luminosity and depth of colour when held within glazes and mediums. My paintings evolve over time, in the form of layers, of meanings, each building upon the previous layer to an ultimate image. The traditional use of an original ‘cartoon’ may be the start of a journey, but change is integral to the final composition, as a result of a subconscious but strongly felt conviction that to change -‘ is right’.

My ongoing research of the methods and treatise of Renaissance artists has reaffirmed an inherent interest in exploring the depths of human existence, a composite of ‘feelings and beliefs’, now commonly held between ‘art and technology/science’.  These studies have offered a sympathetic and methodical painting process to incorporate into my painting practice.  By appropriating images from the Renaissance and beyond, I hope to draw attention to exquisite great artists whose work is of value to us in a contemporary society. In doing so, I am celebrating and perpetuating their vision and techniques, concurrently linking their practice with mine, across time. More recently I have become particularly interested in the work of Artemis Gentileschi a female Baroque painter, ignored for many decades, who nevertheless as a woman at this time in history was a true ‘pioneer’, and despite extreme difficulties became hugely successful, leaving a legacy of great works.

Recent work over 2017 explore notions of ‘identity’, our ‘being’ or notions of ‘self’ – held within the context of contemporary life and interwoven within relationships, friendships and daily existence. By focusing on different channels and perspectives of human activity, for example a rose suspended – in anticipation of a dance, or the simplicity of a pair of tango shoes – languishing in their box, these paintings aim to offer levels of meanings for the viewer to consider and seek answers for themselves.

Victoria King

September 2017