Bio

       
King draws upon her own personal history, tied to aspects of contemporary life in her work also challenging current influences of technologies which inhibit the loss of personal human connections. Narratives may collide with ‘brain chaos’  and engage with art history to cement and illuminate fundamental truths upon the core elements of ‘being human’.
‘My paintings evolve very slowly – as each stage of a painting is completed, a fresh layer builds on the previous towards the final composition and vision. Historical research underpins my practice and by embedding subjects within specific narratives this further grounds my work establishing an awareness and understanding of their contribution to the canon of Art History, so creating links across time.
Early training with Charles Gebherd/The Royal Academy School London, King gained a robust structure covering Life Drawing, Portraiture and Still Life, incorporating graphite, pastel and oil techniques. (Concurrently King also studied Classical Ballet/Russian School to a professional standard with Miss Kathleen Crofton/Markova-Dolin Ballet Company). She later completed a Foundation Studies HornseyCollege of Art, and Walthamstow School of Art/University East London. Her tutors here included Sir Peter Blake CBE RDI RA, Carel Weight CH CBE RA, Jack Smith, Fred Dubery NEAC, Olwyn Bowey RA, Richard Rome RA FRSS and writer Ian Sinclair for Film Studies.
King has worked across the UK creative cultural sector for decades initiating arts projects, prior to embarking on researching UK policies to support artistic practice.  Awarded an MA Arts Management from The City University London, in 1994 she established Arts Management Consultancy. Over the following 17 years King worked both as an arts consultant and specialist University Lecturer/Placements Director and Academic Adviser within Birkbeck UCL, also Visiting Lecturer with Middlesex, London Metropolitan and Greenwich universities. King has worked with; arts agencies, public bodies, local authorities, embassies, arts organisations, arts festivals, individual creative artists and entrepreneurs, so being intrinsically involved in the training of arts managers of the future.
1994: Leaving SPACE Studios as the Studios Manager managing 14 artist studio complexes across London, King re-established her fine art practice from a SPACE studio based in Hackney Wick London.  
 
 
From 1998-2018: Based in her studio at The Chocolate Factory Wood Green over the following 20 years, King regularly exhibited via Collage Arts, N22 Open Studios & elsewhere as below;
            
December 2018:  King relocated back to a SPACE Hackney Wick studio, due to The Chocolate Factory being scheduled for redevelopment. Her painting ‘Impermanence of Self’ below was exhibited in Hackney WickED’s 2019 show at The Trampery, Hackney Wick.
           
Since 2011 King continued her artistic practice on a full-time basis, also completing further research and studies into Renaissance methods and techniques with;  The Royal Drawing School, The National Gallery, The National Portrait Gallery, The Wallace Collection and LARA(London Atelier of Representational Art). 

Professional Affiliations:

THE ROYAL SOCIETY OF ARTS – RSA Fellow
THE WORSHIPFUL COMPANY OF ARTS SCHOLARS -Liveryman /Education Committee Member – (nowLapsed) 
 BEDFORD HOUSE Buckhurst Hill  – Trustee 2017-2021

PREVIOUS EXHIBITIONS:

2024 Essex Art Club: Members Group Show The View :Forest Images – Knighton Wood Oil Study 1/2

2023 Essex Art Club: Epping Forest Visitors Centre Members Summer Group Show – Drawing Demise of the Hornbeam /Wanstead House Autumn  embers Group Show -Demo

2023 Essex Art Club – Wanstead House EAC Members Group Show /The View Epping Forest, Portraits:Moira Fell, Ray Stelzner,Hayden Rissbrook
2022 Essex Art Club – Wanstead House Redbridge EACMembers Group Exhibition: Cloud Studies 1,2,3.
                                   – Epping Forest EAC Members Group Show: Portraits Volunteer Wardens Simone Hertbert, HaydenRissbrook.
2021 Essex Art Club Members – On-line Exhibition: The Cult of Beauty – Parfam Studies 1,2. 
2020 Essex Art Club – The View Epping Forest, Portrait EF Volunteer Warden Roderick Grosstephen 

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2020  Online Exhibition – #portraitsfornhsheroes  ‘Louise’ NHS
2019  Essex Art Club Exhibition – Wanstead House, Redbridge London: EAC Members exhibition
             
2019 Hackney WickED Exhibition – The Trampery, Hackney Wick, London: Self Portrait, ‘Impermanence of Self’
2019 Essex Art Club Members Exhibition – House Mill Gallery,  Bromley by Bow London – 2 Drawings: Life Studies
2019 Essex Art Club Exhibition – The View /Epping Forest, Chingford – Drawing ‘Tree in Winter’
2018 Essex Art Club Exhibition  – Wanstead House, Redbridge London: Members Group Exhibition
2018 HS2 Artists Protest Exhibition – The Crypt Gallery, Camden London.
2018 N22 Open Studios – The Chocolate Factory, Wood Green London.
2017 Summer Salon – Lubomirov/Angus Hughes Gallery, Clapton London: – Painting ‘Today’s Tango’
 
 
 
 

2017 N22 Open Studios – The Chocolate Factory, Wood Green London.
2016 Lubomirov/Angus Hughes Gallery, Clapton London: ‘SIXTY’ Exhibition – Print of ‘Eye of the Beholder’
     
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  Exhibition – Le Mur Vivant Fine Art Gallery, Pimlico London: Group exhibition -Painting ‘Contemporary Madonna’
           
2011 N22 Open Studios – The Chocolate Factory, Wood Green London.
2010 ‘Les Peintres d’Haringey’ – L’Office de Tourism Livry-Gargan, Paris: Group Exhibition
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1998-2010 Annual Open Studios – The Chocolate Factory, London.
1994-1997 Annual Open Studios – SPACE Studios, Hackney London.


Full copyright applies to all images – Victoria King MA FRSA 2023

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