“….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, often taking several years to fully complete.
Her drawings and paintings have explored ideas around identity, friendships, daily existence, and held within a contemporary idiom. They focus 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… and 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 being awarded an MA Arts Management from The City University.
King established her own arts consultancy in 1994, working extensively as an arts project manager/independent consultant across the creative cultural sector. King also re-established her painting practice in 1994 on leaving her post as SPACE /Studios Manager managing 14 studio complexes across London. Subsequently becoming an arts university lecturer/& Placements Director with Birkbeck UCL for 17 years, to thereby train future arts managers. King has also been a visiting lecturer with Greenwich, London Metropolitan, Middlesex universities and Croydon College.
From 1994-99 King held a SPACE Studio, later moving to CF1 The Chocolate Factory Wood Green until 2018, and is now 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. Completed studies include The Royal Drawing School, The National Gallery, The National Portrait Gallery, and LARA. Private research also includes the Italian Renaissance methods and techniques which emerged in England during the 1700s evolving to become 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 House Mill Gallery Bromley by Bow.
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 ‘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