I told him I was an artist. He said "can you cook ?"

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I told him I was an artist. He said "can you cook ?"

79 Beak St.
London W1F 9SU
United Kingdom
March 26th, 2012 - April 21st, 2012
Opening: March 26th, 2012 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

+44 (0) 20 7439 0000
Mon-Fri 10am-6pm; Sat 12-6pm


Josephine King (b.1965 London) makes ink-paintings on paper - a flat 'cut out and keep' portrait framing text which documents the often traumatic experience of the artist's life.

Her second Riflemaker exhibition, upcoming in March, is entitled 'I told him I was an artist. He said "can you cook ?" '

"They seem to me to be totally truthful pictures, from the heart. Many people will identify with these images" Paula Rego

The subject of Josephine King's upcoming exhibition at Riflemaker is the artist’s relationships with
men (see exhibition title). King (b. 1965, London) makes ink paintings on paper; self-portraits which document her battle with life. Her acclaimed debut exhibition ‘Life So Far’, explored the trauma of the artist’s extreme bi-polar mania. The series later led to a nomination in the category for Best Visual Artist at the South Bank Show Awards.

In this new exhibition, Riflemaker will present thirty of King’s new ink paintings made during the past two years. The sensuous full-length portraits and the sardonic, disarmingly honest texts which frame them, document personal relationships, her devotion to her work and the isolation of her illness.

"In painting Modern Woman, I am looking outside of myself rather than just looking within. Showing myself naked in both mind and body depicts how it feels for me to be going against the grain of society. As a woman painter, I have nothing to lose"

Josephine King