“My work explores concepts around ideas of ‘self or identity’, all held within a metaphysical and symbolic idiom, and drawn from my own life and personal experiences. I incorporate the methods and techniques of Renaissance master artists within my practice, which offers a methodical and sympathetic process to underpin all my work…..
In tandem by researching the lives and work of Master artist’s, this interestingly allows a more in-depth understanding of their creative practice in relation to; subject matter, composition, colour schemes, use of light/shade and emphasis of motifs etc…..
Over 2017-18 I specifically researched the work of Artemisia Gentileschi a very unique female Baroque artist, who held extraordinary vision and remarkable technique equal to that of Caravaggio….
More recently I am interested in the life, work, ideas and beliefs of John Ruskin – many of his philosophies being still important …. the act of being able to truly ‘see’, and the different processes involved within the act of creation”.
King’s paintings evolve over time – slowly, in the form of layers of meanings, each building upon the previous layer, towards an ultimate composition and vision which often take several years to fully complete. The use of an initial drawing and cartoon, is purely the start of the journey with change being integral to her creative process.
A range of drawings and paintings have been created since 2016, which explore her own identity, friendships, daily existence, all within a more contemporary idiom. Focusing on different aspects of 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 invite the viewer to seek answers for themselves.
Victoria King is a figurative fine artist of Huguenot ancestry, who first studied art as a young pupil in evening class, with figurative artist Charles Gebherd who trained at The Royal Academy. Further study was completed at Hornsey College of Art (Foundation) and Walthamstow School of Art (UEL). Her tutors included Sir Peter Blake CBE RDI RA, Carel Weight CH CBE RA, Jack Smith, Fred Dubery NEAC, Olwyn Bowey RA and also writer Ian Sinclair (Film Studies).
A gap in her practice encompassed work as an arts project manager, independent arts consultant, and being awarded MA Arts Management from The City University London/with Professor John Pick. This was followed by specialist creative sector lecturing with Birkbeck UCL, Greenwich, London Metropolitan and Middlesex universities.
In 1994 as the SPACE Studios Manager managing 14 different artists’ studio complexes across London, King re-established her painting practice renting a SPACE studio in Hackney. From 1999-2019 she has worked from a studio based at The Chocolate Factory in CF1, Wood Green London.
King has continued her practice on a full-time basis, only since leaving her lecturing post with Birkbeck in 2011. Due to the redevelopment of The Chocolate Factory, she has recently moved back to a SPACE Studio based again in Hackney.
Victoria has actively researched the traditional drawing and painting techniques of Northern and Italian Renaissance artists since 2012, completing studies with The Royal Drawing School, The National Gallery, The National Portrait Gallery, and LARA. Concurrently she is researching the influence of these methods and techniques in relation to the emergence of The English School of Art.
The Royal Society of Arts – Fellow
The Worshipful Company of Arts Scholars – Liveryman and Member Education Committee
2019 Group Show – Essex Art Club, The View, Epping Forest.
2018 Group Show – Essex Art Club, Wanstead House, London.
2018 HS2 Artists Protest -The Crypt Gallery, St. Pancras Church London.
2018 N22 Open Studios -The Chocolate Factory, Wood Green London.
2017 N22 Open Studios -The Chocolate Factory, Wood Green London.
2016 ‘SIXTY’ – Lubomirov/Angus Hughes Gallery, Hackney London.
2016 N22 Open Studios -The Chocolate Factory Wood Green London.
2015 ‘Summer Salon’ – Lubomirov/Angus Hughes Gallery, Hackney London.
2015 N22 Open Studios – The Chocolate Factory, Wood Green London.
2014 The Untitled Artists Fair – Chelsea Town Hall, Chelsea London.
2014 N22 Open Studios – The Chocolate Factory, Wood Green London.
2012/13 N22 Open Studios -The Chocolate Factory, Wood Green London.
2011 Group Show – Le Mur Vivant Fine Art Gallery, Pimlico London.
2011 N22 Open Studios – The Chocolate Factory, Wood Green London.
2010 ‘Exposition’ Haringey Painters’ – L’Office de Tourism de Livry-Gargan, Paris France.
2000-2010 Annual Open Studios – The Chocolate Factory, London.
1994-99 Annual Open Studios – SPACE Studios, Hackney London.
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