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Joshua Gabriel Nissen King

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Down and Out, 2010 Oils 36"x48"
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Safety Blanket, 2010 Oil and Acrylic on Wood Panel With Blue-print Transfer 2.5'X5' © Joshua King 2010
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manhole, 2010 Oil and Latex Paint on Canvas 36"X36" © Joshua King 2010
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The Wait, 2010 Oil and Acrylic 30"x48" © 2010-2012
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I Can't Get out of What I am Into With You, 2010 Oil and Acrylic on Canvas 36"x48" © 2010-2012
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Wrapped up in Wrong, 2010 Oil, Acrylic, Spray Paint, Mixed Technique on Canvas 48"x48" © Joshua Nissen King
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Confines of Space (removed), 2010 Oil, Acrylic, Spray Paint, Mixed Technique on Canvas 48"x48" © Joshua Nissen King
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Suffocation of Self, 2010 Oil, Acrylic, Spray Paint, Mixed Technique on Canvas 30"x40" © Joshua Nissen King
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Leonard, That ain't no Bear!, 2010 Oil, Acrylic, Spray Paint, Mixed Technique on Canvas 36"x48" © Joshua Nissen King
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Cocoon, 2011 Oil, Acrylic, Spray Paint, Mixed Technique on Wood Panel 48"x48" © Joshua Nissen King
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Emergency Exit, 2011 Oil, Acrylic, Spray Paint, Mixed Technique on Wood Panel 32"x46" © Joshua Nissen King
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It Will Pass, 2011 Oil, Acrylic, Mixed Technique on Canvas 32"x48" © Joshua Nissen King
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Always Greener, 2011 Oil, Acrylic, Spray Paint, Mixed Technique on Canvas 36"x48" © Joshua Nissen king
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Enclosure, 2012 Oil, Acrylic, Mixed Technique on Canvas 36"x48" © Joshua Nissen King
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Portals, 2012 Oil, Acrylic, Spray Paint, Mixed Technique on Found Wood Panel 36"x48" © Joshua Nissen King
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Via The Water, 2012 Oil, Acrylic, Spray Paint, Mixed Technique on Wood Panel 32"x60" © Joshua Nissen King
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Egg Toss, 2012 Oil, Acrylic, Spray Paint, Mixed Technique on Wood Panel 48"x60" © Joshua Nissen King
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Camo-Foliage (work in-progress), 2012 Oil, Acrylic, Spray Paint, Mixed Technique on Mahogany Panel 48"x48" © Joshua Nissen King
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Behold (work in-progress), 2012 Oil, Acrylic, Spray Paint, Mixed Technique on Mahogany Panel 48"x48" © Joshua Nissen king
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Quick Facts
Birthplace
Biloxi, Mississippi
Lives in
San Francisco
Works in
San Francisco
Schools
California State University, San Francisco, 2010, BFA
Tags
arts-education mixed-media, realism, landscape, surrealism, abstract, figurative, conceptual
Statement and CV

JOSHUA GABRIEL NISSEN KING

Artist Statement

We all employ defense mechanisms to guard what resides in the depths of us. Whether these façades are intentional or not they still exist. We wear many masks depending on our surroundings; we are chameleons in that sense. In my paintings, the figures get pushed back into space as flat color dictates their immediacy. The atmosphere is abstract and ambiguous, lending little information as to the context of the figure.

I work on canvas and wood panel using acrylic and oil paints. I start with undirected action painting to create the ground. Then, with the use of glazes, I proceed to push areas back and bring some forward. This creates an atmosphere the figures occupy, rendering only some areas realistically while leaving others more mysterious and undefined.

The manner in which the figure is painted combines the deconstruction of shape and color, light and shadow, with that of something more realistic. Fragments of the arms or face will be painted more defined where other areas may trail off. The final shattered image is a metaphor for the way in which we—like chameleons—obscure our identities.

curriculum vitae 

JOSHUA GABRIEL NISSEN KING

artcave.king@gmail.com

artcaveuno.tumblr.com

707.363.3336

BORN            Biloxi, Mississippi

Lives and works in San Francisco, CA

EDUCATION

2010     BFA, California State University, San Francisco, CA

2005     Oxbow School for the Arts, Napa, CA. Studied with Raymond Saunders

2003     California State Summer School For the Arts, California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, CA

HONORS AND AWARDS/GRANTS

2008    Martin Wong Scholarship in Painting, San Francisco, CA

2005    Mondavi Foundation Grant, Napa, CA

EXHIBITIONS

2012    Small Things, Merchants of Reality. San Francisco, CA (group)

            Non-Erotica, Merchants of Reality. San Francisco, CA (group)

            HERstory, African American Arts and Culture Center. San Francisco, CA (group)

2011     Chillin Productions Holiday Art Show, Mezzanine. San Francisco, CA (group)

             King Love Ventures (buildout and mural), Paolo Shoes. San Francisco, CA 

             Deepest Darkest, D-Structure. San Francisco, CA (group)

             1st Year Retrospective, “O” Gallery. San Francisco CA (group)

             From Caves Waves and Cosmia, Merchants of Reality. San Francisco, CA 

             Merchants of Reality, San Francisco, CA

             Wonderland SF 1yr Anniversary, San Francisco, CA (group)

             Shanty Haus, Cafe Royale, San Francisco, CA

             Pictures from a Floating World, Cafe Royale. San Francisco, CA

             Chillin’ Productions 13th Annual, Mezzanine, San Francisco, CA

             Conjunction Junction, Greenhouse, San Francisco, CA (collaborate: Chris Love)

2010     Chillin Productions Holiday Show, Mezzanine, San Francisco, CA (group)

             A Slightly Brackish Brewish Hue, OZ Gallery, San Francisco, CA (collaboration)

             Creativity Cultivated, Napa Valley Museum, Yountville, CA

             New Beginnings, Studio 35, San Francisco, CA

2009     Stillwell, Fine Arts Gallery, California State University, San Francisco, CA

             Salon de Refuse, Martin Wong Gallery, California State University, San Francisco, CA

             Palette Punks, Greenhouse, San Francisco, CA

2008     Salon de Refuse, Martin Wong Gallery, California State University, San Francisco

2007     Stillwell, Fine Arts Gallery, California State University, San Francisco

2006     Recycle, Caf la Vie, San Francisco, CA (group)

             Unfinished Thoughts, Mama, San Francisco, CA (solo)

BIBLIOGRAPHY

2010     Editor, Vintage Alumnus in Spotlight at Art ShowNapa Register, August 31

2006     Editor, Rising Stars Napa Register, January 23

PROFESSIONAL AFILLIATIONS

2011      Founder/Director Merchants of Reality, San Francisco, CA. 

2010      Shanty Ship Art Collective, San Francisco, CA

              Art Cave Collective, San Francisco CA

              Local 365 Collective, San Francisco CA

2008-10 California State University, San Francisco, CA. Printmaking Guild Officer

RELATED WORK EXPERIENCE

2010       Instructor, Screen-Printing Workshop, California State University, San Francisco, CA

2010       Live Painting, Blue Macaw, San Francisco, CA

2010       Live Painting, $3 Dollar Legends, Gallery Heist, San Francisco, CA

2008       Arts and Crafts Director, Camp Howe, Goshen, MA

2007       Instructor, Screen-Printing workshop, Oxbow School of the Arts, Napa, CA

 

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