John King

John McDevitt King

The New York City-based artist John King was born in 1954 and currently lives and works in Soho.

King’s art can be defined by surrealistic images created in undertones and scrupulously built into many layers of abstraction suspended between dream and reality, and he has been working on them intuitively and consistently for more than 30 years. Not long after graduated from Hunter College’s Graduate Painting Program, he won several prestigious awards including a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship Grant.

John King’s works continue to explore his interest in the phenomenology of the imagination. As in his paintings and drawings, King combines different images to capture qualities of things seen and experienced as they first emerge in the mind. It is not so much knowledge of the thing itself but an awareness of the mind’s imaginative capacity to enrich and complicate what we might think we already know.

John acknowledges the importance of other art and refers to many different sources of inspiration. He has looked closely at Alberto Giacometti, Mark Rothko and Jasper Johns over the years.

For many years King’s work has been exhibited in museums and galleries in the USA and Italy. The Brooklyn Museum, the Library of Congress and university museums such as Harvard and Yale have his work in their collections.

I am interested in ephemeral work, work that has a holistic character.”


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