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British Sculpture for the 21st Century

    David King


    David King was born in Birmingham in 1946. He studied at Sutton Coldfield
    School of Art (1962-65), Leeds College of Art (1965-68) and at the Slade
    School of Fine Art, University College, London (1968-70).



    Like many others of his generation, David King has taught in schools of art
    in order to support his work as an artist. His academic appointments
    range from visiting lectureships at Bath Academy of Art, Norwich School of
    Art, the Central School of Art, London, and schools of art in Canterbury,
    Exeter and Birmingham from 1973 to 1991, to long-term appointments as
    Principal Lecturer/Head of Sculpture at West Surrey College of Art and
    Design, Farnham (1981-88), and Middlesex Polytechnic (1988-91). Since
    then he has been Guest Lecturer at various art schools including
    Wimbledon School of Art and the Royal Academy Schools.



    David King's sculpture holds mysteries which take time to unfold. They also
    include impossibilities and references to literature and history as well as
    the everyday. In early work he explored the impossibility of clouds
    captured on stalks. These were large works with a surrealist streak that
    was also played out in his drawings and prints of the early 1970s. It is the
    unlikely combination of imagery in his sculptures that marks his work out
    as being highly individual, and which carries a message beyond its literal
    appearance. He uses association and metaphor to great effect. The house
    motif, and roof-tops in particular, recur frequently in his mixed media
    sculptures. Architectural elements are used for the messages or stories
    they can convey. Roof-tops may support a dancing figure, a boulder or
    plates and bowls,  simple domestic appliances that reflect information
    about the interior,  but it is the other strange forms that test the viewer.
    Wood, found objects and metals in all manner of construction techniques
    give a rich flavour to King's work. Some are painted, others exist in their
    raw state, but all are finished with skill and precision.


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