Today we’d like to introduce you to Jennifer King.
Every artist has a unique story. Can you briefly walk us through yours?
Even though painting has been my passion since I was a child, I feel that my work matured into what I’m most happy with in recent years, mostly due to my graduate school experience. I’m really passionate about visually portraying women in a heroic and powerful way, yet at the same time showing the constraints and struggles females still face in society (including the art world).
These ideas have inspired my series of larger than life female figures constrained within the edges of the canvas. I’ve been very lucky to have great experiences through art school, studying under well-known artists such as Rachel Lachowicz and the Los Angeles Times art critic David Pagel, and through certain opportunities such as working as an artist assistant to the talented painter Justin Bower.
For a while, I also curated art shows in Orange County and Los Angeles, which was a great way to network with other creative minds. I now work as an adjunct professor part-time, while keeping up my art practice in my Santa Ana studio.
Please tell us about your art.
I hope through my work to send a positive message about women, that we do deserve to be treated equally and given equal opportunity to achieve respect and equally paid jobs in society. I enjoy portraying women in painting as heroic, larger than life figures, in positions of power over the viewer, which typically throughout art history men would be portrayed this way while women would be portrayed as sexy, lounging objects, appealing to the male gaze.
My paintings are created with oil paint on canvas, typically ranging between 4 feet and 7 feet tall. I love bright exciting colors, and use them to grab the viewer’s attention. In my opinion, they look best in person, as photographs cannot communicate the large scale of the paintings, which is important to me.
As an artist, how do you define success and what quality or characteristic do you feel is essential to success as an artist?
Success depends on your goals. My personal goals include finding gallery representation and being able to support myself with my work. I feel I’m making progress, but it’s a long journey!
How or where can people see your work? How can people support your work?
For viewing in person, I do participate in shows occasionally and hold open studios twice a year. To keep updated on my work, feel free to send me a message either through my website or Instagram and I can add you to my mailing list.
Feel free to message me as well with any inquiries about my work. All images on my website have a caption, and if there is no “sold” in the caption, then it’s most likely available.
photographer Leanne Sargeant