“….My drawings and paintings explore concepts around notions of our ‘self’ or identity, all held within a metaphysical or symbolic idiom – and being drawn from my life and personal experiences”.
King’s paintings evolve slowly over time – in the form of layers of meanings, each building upon the previous layer towards an ultimate composition and vision.
Her drawings and paintings currently explore ideas around identity and aesthetics, together with friendships, daily existence. By focussing 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 all invite the viewer to seek answers for themselves.
Victoria King is a fine artist of Huguenot ancestry, who first studied art as a young pupil with Charles Gebherd who trained at The Royal Academy. Further study at Hornsey College of Art and Walthamstow School of Art (UEL) included tutors Sir Peter Blake CBE RDI RA, Carel Weight CH CBE RA, Jack Smith, Fred Dubery NEAC, Olwyn Bowey RA and writer Ian Sinclair (Film Studies). Post-graduate studies includes an MA in Arts Management from The Business School at City University.
King established her own arts consultancy in 1994, and worked extensively as an arts manager and consultant across the creative cultural sector. King re-established her painting practice again in 1994 on leaving her post as SPACE /Studios Manager after managing 14 studio complexes across London. She subsequently becoming a university lecturer/& Placements Director with Birkbeck UCL for 17 years thereby training future arts managers. King was also visiting lecturer with Greenwich, London Metropolitan and Middlesex universities, Croydon College.
From 1994-99 King held a SPACE Studio in Hackney Wick, later moving to CF1 The Chocolate Factory Wood Green until 2018. She is now based once again with SPACE Studios.
King has continued painting full-time only since leaving her lecturing post with Birkbeck in 2011.
Since 2012 King has researched the traditional drawing and painting techniques of Northern and Italian Renaissance artists, completing studies with The Royal Drawing School, The National Gallery, The National Portrait Gallery, and London Atelier of Representational Art. Private research covers the Italian Renaissance methods and techniques which emerged in England during the 1700s and evolved to become The English School of Art.
The Royal Society of Arts – Fellow
The Worshipful Company of Arts Scholars – Liveryman
2019 Group Exhibition – Hackney WickED The Trampery, Hackney Wick.
2019 Group Exhibition – Essex Art Club,House Mill Gallery Bromley by Bow.
2019 Group Exibition – Essex Art Club, The View, Epping Forest.
2018 Group Exhibition – 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 ‘Summer Salon’ – Lubomirov/Angus Hughes Gallery, Hackney.
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 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 ‘Les Peintres d’Haringey’ – L’Office de Tourism Livry-Gargan, Paris.
2000-2010 Annual Open Studios – The Chocolate Factory, London.
1994-99 Annual Open Studios – SPACE Studios, Hackney London.
Full copyright applies to all images - Victoria King MA FRSA Website updated July 2019