John King

Brief Biography

John King was born in Vancouver, Canada in 1949. He is an abstract painter known for using brushstrokes reminiscent of Asian calligraphy and compositions influenced by abstract expressionism. King has a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Manitoba, a Master of Visual Arts degree from the University of Alberta, and has participated in several Artists’ Workshops at Emma Lake, Saskatchewan. His paintings have been included in solo and group exhibitions in Western Canada, and his paintings are in various private and public collections. After living and working in Edmonton, Alberta for 17 years, in 1991 King moved to Winnipeg, Manitoba where he maintains an active studio.

May, 2014


Currently on Display:


Solo Exhibition by JOHN KING
February 1 – 24, 2018

“I called this show ‘Exploring Intuition’ mainly to recognize the important role that intuition continues to play in my painting process. The show includes seven acrylic paintings on paper from 1982 and nine acrylic paintings on canvas from 2017. The paper-works painted 35-years ago and the 2017 canvases are in large measure the result of exploring and trusting my intuition. As a painter, I’ve learned to let my intuition or subconscious be the driver and to tell my critical/analytical-self to take a back seat, at least until the painting is nearly finished. I’ve always loved paint as a medium for sharing feelings and ideas that I can only express visually. The studio is where I can use my intuition freely and explore its limitations. It’s a place where I’m frequently rewarded by feeling more and thinking less. Not knowing where the painting process will lead me is at the same time fascinating, confusing, frustrating and thrilling. With each painting my goal is to discover an expressive image that sustains my interest and feels like it transcends the paint. The subject of my paintings is basically the character of the lines, shapes, and colors, as well as any allusions or references experienced by a viewer. For years, I’ve been inspired by the paintings of Spanish artist Joan Miró, American artist Robert Motherwell and Asian calligraphy. Motherwell spoke for me when he said “…knowledge never solves a picture; it depends on feeling. …In the greatest painting, the painter communes with himself. Paint is his thought’s medium.”

John King, 2018


For sale

Previously sold