<font color="#808080">KING, Gordon</font>

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(1939 - )

Born 6th June 1939, Gordon spent most of his early childhood on the Fife coast of Scotland before moving south of the border to Reading in Berkshire.

As a child his talent came to the fore early on, winning several major art competitions from the age of seven. After leaving school he concentrated on figurative illustration, undergoing training at Carlton Studios in London whilst studying life drawing and painting at Reading University.

In his early 20s he went freelance, illustrating for major magazines and advertising agencies. Gradually he built up the commission side of his work by painting portraits and exhibiting his work until in the mid 70s he gave up illustration work altogether to enable him to concentrate full-time on his paintings which at that time were predominantly in oils. Success came quite rapidly, showing at the Royal Academy Summer Exhibitions in London and later at the Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours, painting mostly figurative subjects.

His paintings of girls in natural surroundings soon became his trade mark and the popularity of the watercolors in the early 80s together with the success of his prints, limited editions and silk-screens brought him the high profile that he has today. He is published by Washington Green.

In 1995, his first book "A Romance with Art" was published, with a forward by HRH The Princess Royal, featuring a wide range of his oils and watercolors.

Gordon lives and works in his studio in Buckinghamshire which provides the backdrop for many of his paintings. He exhibits worldwide and has been featured painting live on a number of television programs including the BBC2 arts series "Close-Up", Channel 5's "Open House" and Sky Sports at the PGA short course championships.

He has been actively involved in charitable work having supported various charities including projects for the Save the Children Fund, painting a portrait in front of a live audience for the BBC's "Children in Need" appeal, and painting a portrait of Norman Wisdom on the Black Watch Cruise Ship in aid of the R.N.L.I. He also donated a painting of Golf at Brocket Hall which was auctioned for the Bob Wilson Willow Tree Foundation.

In 1999 to celebrate his 60th birthday, Gordon's second book "Drawn To Life" was published featuring paintings from his exhibition at the Halcyon Gallery in the ICC, Birmingham. In addition, he received a prestigious award from the Fine Art Trade Guild who voted him "Published Artist of the Year". He also had a painting accepted into the Singer & Friedlander Sunday Times Watercolour Competition which exhibited in London before touring the country.

One of Gordon's most recent projects is a set of three Limited Edition prints of the dancer Darcey Bussell, signed by her, in aid of the Alzheimer's Society.

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