Ethos

 

‘As a painter I am interested in the traditional oil painting and drawing techniques and skills required, to create and fully articulate my vision, but beyond this I aim to challenge and question concepts and assumptions within a metaphysical and symbolic idiom…. by incorporating these traditional methodd in my work they offer me a methodical and sympathetic process to underpin my painting practice’.

My paintings evolve over time slowly, in the form of layers of meanings each building upon the previous layer, towards an ultimate image and composition. The use of an original drawing or cartoon may be the start of the journey, but change is integral to the process. In particular my ongoing research of the work of Renaissance artists has reaffirmed my interest in ideas surrounding the nature of human existence, now often existing between the fields of art and science/technology. 

More recently over 2017 I have explored notions of Identity, our ‘being’ or ‘self’ – within the context of contemporary life. Interwoven with relationships, friendships and daily existence. By focusing on different 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 invite the viewer to seek answers for themselves.

The work of Artemisia Gentileschi (although a Baroque artist) has proved fascinating as a true ‘pioneer’ – a female artist at this point in time who despite extreme difficulties left a legacy of great works. By including selected elements and images from master artists in my work, I aim to both profile and celebrate the exquisite work of these great artists.

Victoria King

August 2018