Exploring Colour: New Paintings by John King

Exploring Colour:
New Paintings by John King
Sat, Sept 19 & Sun, Sept 20, 2020 and also Sat, Sept 26 to Nov 22, 2020.
Note: All Pavilion galleries will be closed for repairs: Mon, Sept 21 to Fri, Sept 25.

Pavilion Community Gallery
Assiniboine Park, 55 Pavilion Crescent, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada R3P 2N6

HOURS: Free admission. Due to Covid-19 there will be no public opening event.
Sept 19 to Oct 14 9am to 5pm daily (Pavilion closed Sept 21-25, 2020).
Oct 15 to Nov 22 9am to 4pm daily
John King will be at the Pavilion Community Gallery to meet with visitors every
Saturday, 2pm-4pm, Sept 19 to Nov 21.

Meetings can also be arranged by appointment. To arrange an appointment or to inquire about sales, please contact John King: 204-794-6810. Email: johnkingstudio@gmail.com.

Exploring Colour: New Paintings by John King

Manitoba artist John King is an abstract painter known for using earth-toned colours and brushstrokes reminiscent of Asian calligraphy. In 2020 he felt inspired to explore beyond his familiar colour choices and acrylic painting technique. He decided to introduce brilliant colours as one way of expanding his visual vocabulary and expression. Like many process-based artists, King began his explorations by trusting his intuition and deliberately allowing his paintings to evolve without a preliminary sketch. He did many experiments with a wide range of vivid colours and unusual painting tools. King said, “Once I concentrated more on colour and less on lines and shapes, I gradually found it easier to express myself or ‘speak’ through colour. As a painter I’ve always used colour, but brightly saturated colours have never played such a major role in my paintings as it does now. It’s fascinating to explore and discover new colour relationships, while also exploring my inner world or subconscious for new images.” The exhibition ‘Exploring Colour’ shows how John King uses boldly contrasting colours to enrich his creative expression and test his limits as an abstract artist.


John King was born in Vancouver, B.C. in 1949 and has lived most of his life in western Canada. In 1971 he completed a BFA degree in sculpture from the University of Manitoba and later worked in Winnipeg as a junior-high school art teacher. King moved to Edmonton in 1974 to develop his interest in abstract painting. During the next seventeen years he completed a master’s degree in painting at the University of Alberta, participated in two Artist’s Workshops at Emma Lake, Saskatchewan and worked as an art educator at The Edmonton Art Gallery (renamed the Art Gallery of Alberta in 2005). In 1991 he returned to Winnipeg where he continues to maintain an active studio. King’s paintings have been included in solo and group exhibitions in western Canada and he is represented in various private and public collections. For further information please visit his website:


I wish to dedicate this exhibition to the memory of Yasir Rahama, a promising young Manitoba artist who passed away in May 2020 at the age of 24. Although I knew Yasir for less than a year, his passion for art and his creative talent will always be a source of inspiration for me as an artist.
John King, Sept 2020

Assiniboine Park Conservancy, a non-profit organization, is pleased to support artists and community groups by offering the use of the Assiniboine Park, Pavilion Community Gallery.


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