In my work, one of the main agendas is to make a positive contribution to the status of drawing as a prime and terminal medium for contemporary image making. I wish to demonstrate that in physical scale, depth, intensity drawing can involve the spectator in an equal physical and emotional engagement. My interest lies more in illusion than physicality that is why my large pieces are always presented, frameless and without glass. I would like them to float like wafers on the wall - without weight they can push you back or suck you in.
For well over two decades I have been working on a series of semi autobiographical drawings. The working title, “Valley of the Witches” gives the flavor of the main themes that interest me - the uneasy relationship between landscape and industry, cultural erosion, cultural synthesis and the evocation of a sense of place. The drawings are all 80”x80” and are graphite on paper.
Within the last few years I have fallen into a diet of way too much CNN News channel
watching. So, much of my work has taken on a more of a current affairs bias depicting popular themes in broad, almost animated dramatic strokes. I hope to bring a personal interpretation to common national preoccupations. So far, I have been exploring the Iraq War and its build up, but as the series develops I’ll explore a wide range of subjects that has the national psyche caught in the headlights.
Most of the series will have a common structure - a panoramic triptych that is 80 inches high x 240 inches long.
Three sets have been completed so far- “Dispatches from the Nether Regions” (a peripheral perspective of the aura of destabilization after 9/11). “ Towers of Babel” (the folly of building an enforced ideal in an alien landscape). “State of Grace” (about the fallen dead on both sides.
Artist Bio / CV
Professor of Fine Art. Florida International University, Miami Fl
Artist in Residence (selected)
Kansas City Art Institute, Kansas City, Missouri
British American Art Association in Philadelphia
Mankato University, Minnesota
Nexus Gallery, Philadelphia
2004 Southeastern College of Art Conference Artist Fellowship
1998 Florida Individual Artist Fellowships
1996 Southern Arts Federation/ National Endowment for the Arts
Awards and Grants
Southern Arts Association exhibition award
British Art Association travel award
South Eastern College Art Conference (SECAC) Artists Exhibition Award
Selected open lectures (U.K.)
Royal College of Art, London,
Bath Academy of Art
Y Tabernacl MOMA Wales
Selected open lectures (U.S.)
Nexus Gallery, Philadelphia
School of Visual Arts, New York
Pratt Institute, New York
University of Arizona, Tucson
Kansas City Art Institute
Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond Va
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Studia International, Design, Artist Newsletter, Contemporania, Art Review,
SECAC review, The Miami Herald, The Atlanta Constitution, The Philadelphia Enquirer, Art Papers. Oxford Times.“Painting the Dragon” BBC publication
Works in several private collections in Britain, United States ,Europ
20 One Person and over 50 group Exhibitions (since 1980)
For fuller details see website - www.cliveking.org