Solomon Fine Art is delighted to host an exhibition of paintings by artist David King. The work in this exhibition, produced during lockdown, is based on King’s continuing exploration of the changing dynamic in the landscape around his studio and home in Kilkea, Co. Kildare and the steady observation of light and atmosphere on his daily walks before beginning work in the studio. His recurring theme of the passage of time is made manifest in paintings and drawings that feature in this show. The river and its banks where he swims, reflections, seasonal changes in sown and harvested fields, weather and trees and the deep remembrances of soil in the events that shaped them.

 

** Due to the latest COVID-19 Government restrictions, this exhibition will be presented on an online basis for the month of January.  The show will be hung in the gallery this week and we will launch a video walk-through of the exhibition on Thursday 7 January, in lieu of the opening day reception.

 

We dearly hope to be able to re-open in February and hold an event with David King at a later date.  In the meantime, we will continue to offer a home 'try-out' service with safe gallery-to-home or office deliveries during lockdown (Leinster area only - please contact us if you are outside the Dublin area) or private, safe viewings if the gallery is within your 5km limit.    

 

David King: Out in the Sky

David King was born in Dublin in 1972 and studied at the National College of Art & Design, graduating with a BA in Fine Art in 1997 and later in 2000 with a MA in Fine Art Practice & Theory. In 2017 he achieved an MA in Professional Education from NCAD.  King’s practice incorporates multiple approaches, drawing from art history and contemporary perspectives. His work assimilates drawing and painting, often on a large scale, as well as sculpture, which utilise bone, stainless steel or corten steel and wood. For King the process and material correspond to the concept and the subject he is examining. Lately King has returned to the landscape, this time literally living the experience by painting en plein air. King initially came to prominence for a series of emotionally intense painterly seascapes; the work questioned our relationship with memory, loss and the notions of figurative painting in the age of mechanical reproduction. One of the paintings from this series was awarded the inaugural prestigious Hennessy Craig Award at the Royal Hibernian Academy Annual Exhibition in 2002. His ever-evolving work is deeply embedded in the history of art. King has exhibited extensively throughout Ireland and abroad. In 2013 his Sapling series - Bone Lines was chosen to represent Ireland at the Prince Pierre Contemporary Awards in Monaco where he was a finalist. In 2016 one of King’s Black Earth works (a steel painted sculpture) was selected to represent Art of the State, an exhibition in Dublin Castle highlighting twenty diverse artists in the Irish State Art Collection. His work can be found in many public and corporate collections including AIB, Bank of Ireland, Office of Public Works, Butler Gallery Collection, Kilkenny, ESB, First Active/Ulster Bank and AXA.