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Gordon King's Biography

Gordon King - Champagne And Silk ( 1 Left)

Gordon was born on the 6th March, 1939. As a child his talent came to the fore early on, winning several major art competitions. After leaving school he concentrated on figurative illustration undergoing training at Carlton Studios in London whilst studying life drawing and painting at Reading University.

In his early 20''s he went freelance, 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 70''s he gave up illustration work altogether to enable him to concentrate full-time on his paintings which at the time were predominantly in oils.

Success came quite rapidly, showing at the R.A. Summer Shows and later in the R.I. Exhibitions, painting mostly figurative subjects.

His painting of girls in natural surroundings soon became his trade mark and the popularity of the watercolours in the early 80''s together with the success of his prints and limited editions brought him the high profile that he has today.

In 1995, his book "A Romance With Art" was published, with a foreword by HRH The Princess Royal, featuring a wide range of his oils and watercolours, following which he embarked on a promotional tour of the country exhibiting many of the paintings from the book.

Gordon lives and works in his studio in Buckinghamshire which provides the backdrop for many of his paintings. He has major one-man shows, exhibiting worldwide, and has been featured on radio and television.

He is also actively involved in charitable work having supported various charities including projects for Save the Children Fund and painting a portrait in front of a live audience for the BBC''s Children in Need Appeal.

Gordon King's Artwork

Drawn to Life - Standard Book
by Gordon King
Masquerade Suite
by Gordon King
by Gordon King