Artist Description

John King is an abstract painter known for bold brushstrokes reminiscent of Asian calligraphy and compositions influenced by abstract expressionism. His recent paintings incorporate large biomorphic shapes and curvilinear lines painted in a narrow palette of black, cream and grey. King was born in Vancouver, B.C., in 1949 and has lived most of his life in western Canada. In 1971 he completed a BFA degree in sculpture from the University of Manitoba and later worked in Winnipeg as a public-school art teacher. King moved to Edmonton in 1974 to develop his interest in abstract painting. In the following seventeen years, he completed a Master’s degree in painting at the University of Alberta, participated in two Artist’s Workshops at Emma Lake, Saskatchewan and worked as an art educator at the Edmonton Art Gallery. In 1991, King returned to Winnipeg where he continues to maintain an active studio. King’s paintings have been included in solo and group exhibitions in western Canada and his works are in various private and public collections.

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