b.22 Feb 1952 -


Alan King was born in Greenwich, South East London in February 1952. He first started to draw at John Evelyn School in Deptford (mostly in text books which got him the cane on a regular basis!) Once he joined Eltham Green School in 1963 King studied Art under Richard Box and Jim Riddock where he was introduced to the artists of the Surrealist movement. Later King studied the optical illusion work of M. C. Escher and Oscar Reutersvard, plus the architecture and interior design of Frank Lloyd Wright.




Becoming an artist

Leaving school in 1968 King began his professional artistic journey by producing his own 'private' artwork while working as a trainee commercial artist in London's highly competitive advertising industry. After just two years he parted with the commercial advertising industry to pursue his own creative ambitions and by the early 1970's he was already exhibiting and selling art across London.  The New Media artwork of the Massurrealists are often a source of inspiration for King's work. Now accepted as a member of the Massurrealist Movement himself, and probably the first in the UK, King continues to experiment and explore new methods of artistic expression.


                                                                                                            Above - invited to do a short lecture in MK Gallery


Drawing on his knowledge of computer and commercial design techniques, processes and working methods Alan King has developed his own unique and recognisable style. His vibrant and vividly surreal landscapes bridge the gap between surrealist imagery and New Media technique.

 Alan King's style cleverly combines drawing and computer skills. The drawing aspect leaves in the art aspect while the computer portion allows the artist to make some odd, yet intriguing, images with much more clarity than old fashioned drawing and painting can provide.  A master of digital technique, King is able to capture and express the images seen in his mind's eye; opening doors into a world where traditional Art methods are combined in the computer to create new and Surreal images

Outside the Guggenheim in New York - Sept 2010

“The hardest part about being a Digital Artist is always trying to get the gallery visitor to accept this fresh and exciting way of creating pictures at face value without becoming fixated by the technical aspects.  The basic skills such as composition, texture, colour and so on are exactly the same as for the traditional artist. Quite simply, the Digital Artist is just using another medium, utilizing light to imitate paint whereas the traditional Artist uses paint to imitate light. How an artist gets to the final image shouldn’t matter as long as they are creating a piece of art that can be shared and enjoyed. ” Alan King







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