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Sam King (1995) is a British artist, living and working in London.His practice confronts questions of being, embodiment and identity. He explores the relationship between bodies and meaning, and how this has changed over time. Combining art historical techniques such as chiaroscuro and dramatic composition with digital distortion and different material processes, his work plays with different understandings of the body to challenge a monolithic depiction of corporeality. Portraying bodies in transition between defined states – such as sensuality and abjection, authenticity and superficiality, presence and absence – his work elicits contradictory sensory and emotional responses to reveal the contingent nature of embodiment and the subversive possibilities of representation.

(Don’t) Let Me Go, 2020

(Don’t) Let Me Go, 2020

Sam King’s latest series combines traditional oil painting with airbrushed fades to form a dialogue between past and present: the authentic, coherent narrative of the Old Masters and the sheen, flat aesthetic of the digital screen along with the fragmentary experience of consumerism. By synthesising alternative interpretations of the body, his practice aims to transgress the experiential boundaries imposed by contemporary conventions. 

Phase, (Don’t) Let Me Go, 2020

Phase, (Don’t) Let Me Go, 2020

Phase, 2020

Phase, 2020

Gestalt, 2021

Gestalt, 2021

King studied Fine Art at The Art Academy London, where he developed his technical skills and conceptual basis. The British Artist notably received The Jorge-Aguilar Artist Award and The Liberty Art Award (both 2018), and completed artist residencies at PADA, Portugal, 2020, Art House Holland, Holland, 2019, AucArt, London, 2019, and Jardin Orange Artist Residency, China 2017.

Inflection, Out of Sight, 2020

Inflection, Out of Sight, 2020

Selected Works

Selected Works Thumbnails
Gestalt 147x107cm

Gestalt
147x107cm

Oil on Canvas
2021

£3,500

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Phase 150x100cm Oil on Canvas

Phase
150x100cm
Oil on Canvas
2020

£3,500

 

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(Don’t) Let Me Go 

(Don’t) Let Me Go 
147x100cm

Oil on Canvas
2020

£3,500

 

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Out of Sight

Out of Sight
35.5 x 27.9cm
Oil and Acrylic on Board
2021

£1,100

 

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Inflection 150x100cm

Inflection
150x100cm

Oil on Canvas
2020

£3,500

 

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Connector 40.6x30.4cm Oil and Acrylic on Board

Connector
40.6x30.4cm
Oil and Acrylic on Board
2021

£1,100

 

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Gestalt 147x107cm
Phase 150x100cm Oil on Canvas
(Don’t) Let Me Go 
Out of Sight
Inflection 150x100cm
Connector 40.6x30.4cm Oil and Acrylic on Board

Artist's CV

EDUCATION

The Art Academy, Fine Art Diploma (BA Equivalent), 2015-2018 

PRIZES AND AWARDS 

2020 - ACS Studio Prize - Shortlisted
2018 - LSM Art Award – Winner of Popular Vote 
Jorge Aguilar-Agon Student Artist Award - Winner 

RESIDENCIES 

2020 - PADA studios, Lisbon, Portugal 
2019 - Art House Holland, Leiden, Netherlands
Auc Art Lab Residency, London, United Kingdom
2017 -  Jardin Orange Artist Residency, Shenzhen, China

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS 

2020 - Group Show, Not yet, No, PADA Studios, Portugal. 
2019 - Group Show, Time and Space, The Old School Gallery, Leiden, 
Group Show, The End is Nigh, The Library, London. 
Group Show, Secret Art Show, Milan. 
Group Show , Student Charity Auction, Sothebys Institute, London 
Group Show, Auc Art, London. 
2018  -  Solo Show, Presence, Digitas, Brick Lane, London 
Graduate Show, The Art Academy, London 
Group Show, Guild Artists Exhibition, Stratford-Upon Avon & London
2017 -  Group show, To be Continued, Menier Gallery, London 
Group show, Wheel2Wall, Neurotitan Gallery, Berlin 
Group Show, Jardin Orange Gallery, Shenzhen, China

PRESS

2020 – The Flux Review Issue 4 
Art Hole Issue 4
2019 – Veneno Magazine Issue 1 (February) - Interview 
2018 – Fine Art + Framing Today June Edition
Average Art Magazine May Edition 
2016 – Alison Fogarty, Inside Street Art Melbourne, (Thames and Hudson  Australia, 2016), 114-115  
2015 – Lou Chamberlin, Street Art Australia, (Hardie Grant publishing, 2015), 70

COLLECTIONS

Works held in private and corporate collections in United Kingdom, United States, Germany, Australia & Italy.

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