ARTISTS Bios and Information


Gordon King

Gordon King was born on June 1939, and spent most of his early childhood on Fife coast of Scotland before moving south of the border to Reading in Berkshire. Since childhood, King has shown a remarkable talent for illustration of predominantly the female form in both oils and watercolours. He also won several major art competitions from the age of seven and after leaving school, he concentrated on figurative illustration and went to train at Carlton Studios in London whilst studying life drawing and painting at Reading University. King is perhaps best known for his measured and delicate watercolour interpretations, which have been published and collected worldwide.

Furthermore, his work has played out as both individual collection pieces in galleries and exhibitions and has also seen the successful publication of two books during the 1990s. In the early 1920s, he became a freelancer and Member of the Society of Industrial Artists (MSIAD), illustrating for major magazines and advertising agencies. By painting portraits, he gradually built up the commission side of his work and exhibiting until the mid-1970s and gave up illustration work to enable himself to concentrate full-time on his paintings. As a result, he succeeded and presented his work at the Royal Academy Summer Exhibitions in London, and later at the Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours.

In the early 1980s, King paintings became his trademark and popularity of the watercolours together with the success of his print, silk-screen which has made him successful today. His first book was published in 1995 called “A Romance with Art”, which showcased a wide range of his oils and watercolours. However, King now lives and works in London in his studio in Buckinghamshire, and he has also received prestigious awards from the Fine Art Trade Guild and featured on a number of television programmes such as the BBC arts series and Sky Sports.