Michael King, a Canadian painter, is passionate about plein air (outdoor) painting, concentrating on capturing the essence of the landscape. His direct experiences in the outdoors serve as a driving force behind the creation of his more extensive studio works.
Always looking for the nuance of light, shape and colour, he combines representational elements with an Impressionistic style. His paintings strike a balance between realistic observation and abstract interpretation resulting in a unique and captivating aesthetic.
With his formal education in Industrial Design from Carleton University in Ottawa, King’s career in product design influenced his approach to his art. King places a strong emphasis on mastery of the technical aspects of painting, design and his need for simplicity.
As an enthusiastic instructor, his workshops teach painting and design in a straightforward, accessible manner with a philosophy grounded in scientific fundamentals of perception, anatomy and observation, along with time-proven principles of art.
King is the founder of PleinAirBC.com and the artful:minds artist community. He is the past president and past vice president of the Fraser Valley Chapter of the Federation of Canadian Artists (FCA). He is also a past board member of The Federation of Canadian Artists (FCA) and the Friends of Leigh Square, in Port Coquitlam.
King’s work appears in private collections throughout Canada, the United States and the UK while winning a few awards in a variety of exhibitions and competitions. He accepts private commissions for still lifes, landscapes, and portraiture.