VICTORIA KING MA FRSA
Whilst at school Victoria originally studied Painting & Drawing in evening classes with Charles Gebherd, who trained at the Royal Academy. She later completed a Foundation Course at Hornsey College of Art and Fine Art at Walthamstow School of Art (UEL) with tutors including Sir Peter Blake CBE RDI RA, Carel Weight CH CBE RA, Olwyn Bowey RA, Jack Smith RCA, Fred Dubery NEAC, Cedric Horner (printmaking) Richard Rome (sculpture) and writer Iain Sinclair (film studies).
On leaving art college her activities progressed to actually supporting artists, becoming a highly experienced arts consultant managing festivals, developing innovative arts projects and initiatives, and gaining a MA in Arts Management from The City University studying with Professor John Pick. Examples of consultancy include The BRIT School for Performing Arts, London Contemporary Dance Trust, Hackney Arts Festival (1994), ‘FRESH ART’ Business Design Centre, ArtsMark/Arts Council England, Arts Development Officer LLBarking & Dagenham, The Hilde Holger Company Ltd etc. Subsequently Victoria worked as a creative sector university lecturer and Director of Placements for 17 years in the Cultural Studies Department at Birkbeck UCL, and also visiting lecturer at Greenwich, London Metropolitan and Middlesex universities. This knowledge and experience informs her teaching, and she regularly offers workshops and courses on Renaissance Oil Painting and Drawing Techniques.
In 1994 Victoria established a studio at Hackney Wick in the old Victorian bathhouse she helped develop whilst with SPACE Studios, later transferring to The Chocolate Factory. Since 2011 Victoria has specifically developed and researched her interest in the specialist oil painting and drawing techniques of the Renaissance, completing a range of courses at The Royal Drawing School and London Atelier of Representational Art (LARA). Studies have covered Traditional Painting Techniques (David Cranswick), The Sight Size Method of drawing, Cast Drawing, Still Life, and Portrait Painting (Anastasia Pollard). Victoria is currently researching the training of visual artists, to complete a book on The Academic Training of Visual Artists in London from the 1700s, and influence of Renaissance methods and techniques which finally evolved to become known as The English School. Victoria is a Fellow of The Royal Society of Arts, and also Freeman of The Worshipful Company of Arts Scholars.
2017 – ‘Summer Salon’ – Lubomirov / Angus-Hughes Gallery Hackney London
2016 – N22 Open Studios – The Chocolate Factory Wood Green London
2016 – ‘SIXTY’ Selected Group Show – Lubomirov / Angus-Hughes Gallery, London
2015 – N22 Open Studios – The Cholocate Factory Wood Green London
2015 – Group Exhibition – Lubomirov/Angus-Hughes Gallery, Hackney London
2014 – Open Studios – The Chocolate Factory, Wood Green London
2014 – The Untitled Artists Fair, Chelsea London
2013 – Open Studios – The Chocolate Factory, Wood Green London
2013 – Solo Exhibition – Eggison Daniel, Mayfair London
2012 – Open Studios – The Chocolate Factory Wood Green London
2012 – Group Show – Le Muir Vivant Gallery, Pimlico London
2011 – Open Studios – The Chocolate Factory Wood Green London
2010 – UK Artists Group Exhibition – French Office of Tourism, Livry-Gargan, Paris
1994-10 Annual Open Studios – SPACE Studios & The Chocolate Factory Wood Green London
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