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Richard King


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Richard King
Mixed Use
Acrylic and oil pigment on wood panel
16" x 12"

About the Work
My art practice has grown out of a need to manage bouts of insomnia over many years, drawing to distract myself from the realities of sleeplessness. I am fascinated by curious geometries and shapes from the world I see around me, from objects, to architecture to letter form. I work to conflate their formal, spatial and figural qualities, tapping into the perceptions and memories of the viewer, creating something that is foreign, yet familiar.

Working with tools from my architectural training, I develop drawings in graphite, ink and paint as well as in digital form. Pieces are drawn in layers, subtracting and adding lines to clarify interesting qualities that begin to emerge, often reworking them over long periods of time. I see this work as adding to the collection of shapes/spaces that we unconsciously absorb, as we make sense of our every day world.

Based in Philadelphia, Richard works as an artist, architect and educator. His art practice is focused on abstract drawing, painting and sculpture, exploring shape, geometry and light. Educated as an architect, he holds a Bachelor of Architecture from Temple University and a Master of Architecture from University of Pennsylvania. Richard is an Adjunct Assistant Professor at Drexel University's Westphal College of Media Arts & Design.

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