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Kevin King

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Diorama with Kingfishers, 2004 Oil On Copper Plate 8 3/4 X 7 1/2 Inches © Courtesy of Jason McCoy Inc., New York
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Diorama with Lacewings, 2008 Oil On Copper Plate 8 X 10 Inches © Courtesy of Jason McCoy Inc., New York
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Untitled, 2007 Mixed Media 11 1/2 X 9 1/2 X 4 1/4 Inches © Courtesy of Jason McCoy Inc., New York
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Diorama with Grasshopper, 2008 Oil On Copper Plate 7 X 10 3/4 Inches © Courtesy of Jason McCoy Gallery
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Diorama with Sunflowers, 2010 Oil On Copper Plate 5 3/4 X 9 11/16 Inches © Courtesy of Jason McCoy Gallery, NY
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Starling, 2010 Watercolor On Paper 7 X 10 1/4 Inches © Courtesy of Jason McCoy Gallery, NY
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Diorama with Pink Coral, 2013 Oil On Copper Plate 8 1/4 X 6 1/4 Inches © Kevin Noble
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Beetle and Butterfly II, 2014 Oil On Copper Plate 3 X 3 Inches © Courtesy of Jason McCoy Gallery, NY
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Ruby-throated Hummingbird, 2014 Watercolor On Paper 7 1/4 X 10 3/4 Inches © Courtesy of Jason McCoy Gallery, NY
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Beetle and Butterfly I, 2014 Oil On Copper Plate 3 X 3 Inches © Courtesy of Jason McCoy Gallery, NY
Quick Facts
Lives in
New York
Works in
New York
Representing galleries
Tags
surrealism, figurative
Statement

Kevin King’s paintings mirror his fascination with various life forms and objects. He is a collector, who seeks earthly conundrums, be it in the shape of a dried poppy capsule, an insect’s metallic armor or an exotic bird. In his work, he frames these collectibles as what they are: glimpses of the sublime. By rendering them in oil on copper, King pays homage to his subjects and provides them with new life and longevity. Over the years, he has assembled a vast collection of found and gifted objects that are stored in his studio. Butterflies with spread wings, tree branches, seeds and beetles, for example, are carefully kept in boxes, waiting to be re-discovered in and even re-invented through painting. King pulls from this “archive” to create otherworldly compositions, in which creatures and plant life are fused together in harmony. His compositions are complex and show an incredible devotion to detail and nuance.

While his language is representation, his paintings are not representative of reality. He combines and alters his subjects according to his aesthetic and compositional concerns instead of simply illustrating what is before him. Meanwhile, his work exhibits an astonishing skillfulness in recognizing even minute characteristics that make up the extraordinary texture of nature. King’s paintings are products of his free-flowing meditation on the objects he has selected for each specific work. To him, painting is a form of contemplation and a transformative agent. Through painting, his subjects receive symbolic meaning as each reflects the magic of creation.

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