Gordon King -
Gordon King was born 6th June 1939, Gordon spent most of his early childhood on the Fife
coast of Scotland before moving south of the border to Reading in
As a child his talent came to the fore early on, winning several major
art competitions from the age of seven. After leaving school he
concentrated on figurative illustration, undergoing training at Carlton
Studios in London whilst studying life drawing and painting at Reading
In his early 20s he went freelance and became a Member of the Society of
Industrial Artists (MSIAD), illustrating for major magazines and
advertising agencies. Gradually he built up the commission side of his
work by painting portraits and exhibiting his work until in the mid 70s
he gave up illustration work altogether to enable him to concentrate
full-time on his paintings which at that time were predominantly in
oils. Success came quite rapidly, showing at the Royal Academy Summer
Exhibitions in London and later at the Royal Institute of Painters in
Water Colours, painting mostly figurative subjects.
His paintings of girls in natural surroundings soon became his trade
mark and the popularity of the watercolours in the early 80s together
with the success of his prints, limited editions and silk-screens
brought him the high profile that he has today.
In 1995, his first book “A Romance with Art” was published, with a
forward by HRH The Princess Royal, featuring a wide range of his oils
and watercolours. A second edition followed later.
Gordon lives and works in his studio in Buckinghamshire which provides
the backdrop for many of his paintings. He exhibits worldwide and has
been featured painting live on a number of television programmes
including the BBC2 arts series “Close-Up”, Channel 5’s “Open House” and
Sky Sports with the P.G.A.
Gordon’s second book “Drawn To Life” was published in 1999. In
addition, he received a prestigious award from the Fine Art Trade Guild
who voted him “Published Artist of the Year”. He also had a painting
accepted into the Singer & Friedlander Sunday Times Watercolour
Competition which exhibited in London before touring the country.
He has supported various charities over the years including projects for
the Save the Children Fund, the NSPCC and the BBC’s “Children in Need”
appeal (when he painted a portrait in front of a live audience). A
commissioned painting of the Golf at Brocket Hall was auctioned for the
Bob Wilson Willow Foundation. He has also painted many celebrity
portraits including Sir Norman Wisdom, Gloria Hunniford, Ann
Widdecombe, Tim Henman, Tony Jacklin, Katherine Jenkins and the
legendary actress Patricia Neal on the Queen Mary 2.
Recent projects include three limited edition prints of Darcey Bussell
in aid of The Alzheimer’s Society, a collection of paintings of Angels
for the Caron Keating Foundation and a painting of Status Quo which was
auctioned at Bonhams in aid of The Prince’s Trust.
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