BIRTH OF AN ARTIST
Kue King took to art as his first language. He immigrated very young and his teachers found that he was able to express himself best with art. He would work until age 12 to learn to read. Mastering English, he was then able to work in ernest to grow as an artist.
King’s love for nature and balance pushed him to study the world around him in art. King presented his early work at age 13 to gain access to a magnet school for the visual arts, Douglas Anderson in Jacksonville. After his second year in High School, King found mentors in both blacksmithing and design.
In his young adult years, King’s Jacksonville mentors and patrons nurtured his sole dedication to his craft, weaving a blanket of art for art’s sake. At 21, King took his youthful vagabond “beatnik” lifestyle and relocated to Hawaii. For 5 years he worked under the mentoring and patronage of master architect Lucky Bennett. Mirroring the aesthetic of Bennett’s famous architecture, King learned to create emotional validity within sculptural objects.
Moving to San Francisco at 25, King experienced his first commercial success at the fabled Gumps in Union Square. After years of developing his Biomorphic collection, King traveled to Ecuador for a year to develop his abstract methods. A fortuitous opportunity to show at Art Basal 2013 arrived the moment he arrived home, dropping anchor in Miami Beach harbor. Since Basal, King has traveled across the United States showing at the finest art and craft shows in the country. In two short years, his collection has been experienced by over a million people.
With King’s abstract collection, and abstract art in general, the viewer is conceptualized as part of the art. Like a tree in the forest, abstract sculpture does not become Art until the viewer becomes a part of it. King identifies his art as the movement through time and space, the unfolding of experience.
He says, “You can see my work as simply wire bundles… but you can also see who i am, who you are, and we experience the sharing of our emotions. This artist-collector connection through the sculpture, and the placement of the piece in home, is the final inspiration in the creation of the piece.”
Using wire, with the utility of the line and the sacred curves, King builds art. Through his study of design, King creates sculpture that is easy to live with. In a home, King’s abstract sculpture breaks the cycle of daily chaos into a cycle of tranquility and inspiration.
The Biomorphic collection forms in King’s early development. These studies of nature are created with stands of metal and biological artifacts. King explores Hawaiian flora and fauna, micro organisms, creatures of the sea, synaptic dendrites, and the movement of fish and human dance.
In Home Experience
Environment and Artist
Whether your home is deco, eclectic, modern, contemporary, or traditional, King’s sculptures interact with many design aesthetics. Working with the home owners, as a collaborative art form, King’s sculpture transforms arbitrary design distinctions.
Kue: “I have fallen in love with my In Home visits. This is the omega of my sculptural process. When I arrive, I get to meet the family, and often the finest wine and cheese. I love the possibilities, and the process of exploring them to yield perfection.”
All pieces are hung with King’s ability to show only the work, keeping the negative space pure. He then sculpts the piece to create a perfect flow and physical relationship with his progenies surroundings. Within this marriage of home, family and friends, only then is the sculpture is complete.
Jan 9-10 Bonita Springs Artfest
Jan 16-17 Sarasota Fine Art Show
Jan 23-24 Boca Raton Hotworks
Feb 6-7 Fort Myers Artfest
Feb 13-14 Coconut Grove (unconfirmed)
Feb 26-28 Palm Beach Fine Craft
Mar 18-20 Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival
Apr 16-17 Mainsail (unconfirmed), St. Pete
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