There is no limit to the breadth of James King’s work. His subjects range from portraiture and interiors to landscape and the built environment. His surfaces include paper, canvas and even old books, using mostly oils as well as watercolours and ink. In 2016 he exhibited ’99 Miles from LA’, a series of monochrome photographs taken in the United States.
His art is humorous and eccentric, sometimes dark and unsettling. There is a feeling of unease that threads through much his work. His figures stare directly out at the viewer, meeting their gaze and inviting them into their world. His subject matter is mostly drawn from lost or discarded photographs from the mid-twentieth century, which, for him, have an unfiltered truthfulness hard to find in today’s media. King seeks to revive these forgotten stories.
Artwork location: Hobart