‘As a painter I am interested in traditional oil painting and drawing techniques all required to create and articulate my vision…I aim to challenge and question concepts and assumptions within a metaphysical and symbolic idiom… and by incorporating traditional techniques these offer me a sympathetic methodical process to underpin my painting practice’.
King’s paintings evolve over time – slowly, in the form of layers of meanings each building upon the previous layer to an ultimate composition and vision. The use of an original drawing or cartoon is purely the start of her journey with change being integral to the creative process.
Since 2017 King has explored notions of individual Identity, ‘being’ or ‘self’ – all within the context of contemporary life, relationships, friendships and alongside 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, or stranger hovering at the door….all invite the viewer to seek answers for themselves.
Victoria King is a classical figurative fine artist of Huguenot ancestry, who first studied art as a young pupil with Charles Gebherd RA after secondary school in evening class. Further professional training at Hornsey College of Art and Walthamstow School of Art (UEL) included visiting tutors Sir Peter Blake CBE RDI RA, Carel Weight CH CBE RA, Jack Smith, Fred Dubery NEAC, Olwyn Bowey RA.
A gap in her practice involved work as an arts project manager to support artists, also gaining an MA Arts Management from The City University London/ with Professor John Pick. A further 17 years encompassed both consultancy and creative sector university lecturing with Birkbeck UCL, Greenwich, London Metropolitan and Middlesex universities.
In 1994 on leaving the post as Studios Manager with SPACE Studios, King re-established her painting practice, via renting a Hackney SPACE studio. Later King moved to The Chocolate Factory Wood Green from 1999-2018, though recently moving back to a SPACE Studio again.
King has concentrated on developing her painting practice on a full-time basis since 2011, also extending her original interest in the work of Renaissance artists. She has completed additional studies with The Royal Drawing School, The National Gallery, The National Portrait Gallery, and LARA (London Atelier of Representational Art).
The Royal Society of Arts -Fellow
The Worshipful Company of Arts Scholars -Liveryman
2018 Artists Protest HS2 -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’ (Eye of the Beholder) -Lubomirov/Angus Hughes Gallery.
2016 N22 Open Studios -The Chocolate Factory Wood Green.
2015 ‘Summer Salon’ (Today’s Tango) -Lubomirov/Angus Hughes Gallery.
2015 N22 Open Studios -The Chocolate Factory, Wood Green London.
2014 The Untitled Artists Fair – Chelsea Town Hall, London.
2014 N22 Open Studios – The Chocolate Factory, Wood Green London.
2013 N22 Open Studios – The Chocolate Factory, Wood Green London.
2012 N22 Open Studios -The Chocolate Factory, Wood Green London.
2011 Le Mur Vivant Fine Art Gallery (Portraits) -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.
2010 Open Studios – The Chocolate Factory, Wood Green London.
2000-2009 Annual Open Studios – The Chocolate Factory, London.
1994-99 Annual Open Studios – SPACE Studios, Hackney London.