Sam King’s practice investigates the body as an interface between sacred and profane realms. His work challenges personal and social inertia by propounding a corporeal experience that conveys both sensuality and abjection. Distorting the body to reveal what is suppressed, contained and removed by society such as our desires and repulsions, King aims to disrupt normative notions of identity in order to trigger a primordial reconnection with the self through the instinctual and innate.
University of Essex (BA Honours in Art History and Theory of Art , 1983)
I am a British artist living and working in Washington DC. I paint with oils 'alla prima', working freehand straight on to the canvas without preliminary drawing. It is a fluid, exciting process which requires total concentration. The main focus of my work is the exploration of colour and light and I aim to push the boundaries with colour and form. I paint both figuratively and abstractly and find the two practices support each other: My abstract sensibilty with colour helps the figurative paintings and the rigour and discipline of the former feed into the abstract work.