Chris King’s photographic journey started in the early 1970s using a 110 format Agfamatic camera. His dedication to taking images ever since has provided technical know-how and discipline required to maintain a long-term practice. Upon joining a London-based photography collective in 2010, he embarked upon printing in limited edition series to exhibit and sell. Subsequent shows and fairs in London, the USA and Mexico ultimately led to the bodies of work presented in this publication, notably No Opportunity for Regret, A Brit’s South and Still | Inside.
With imagery ranging from ‘Last Chance’ liquor stores that border dry counties to modern-day interiors that recall by-gone eras, Dark Spring Press Founder Andy Burgess encapsulates the style as ‘uncanny surrealism’.
In 2015, Chris was awarded the Big Sky Experience Award with the National Open Art. This was swiftly followed in 2016 with the Best Photography Award at the same juried exhibition, sponsored by Naylor. Today, King’s photography is held in Michael Naylor’s photography collection, in addition to private collectors throughout the UK and USA.
Chris King’s photography practice primarily encompasses two distinct bodies of work: landscapes and interiors that are deliciously devoid of human presence, and portraits that capture the very essence of the individual. Compositions are characterised by the artist’s distinctive framing and focus, either straight on like a window into another dimension, or a moment that’s been frozen in time with laser-like concentration on a singular point.
No Opportunity for Regret. Solo show at the Ivy Brown Gallery.
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Awards and Prizes
No Opportunity For Regret - Solo Show, Curious Duke Gallery, 173 Whitecross St, London
|2016||National Open Art Competition Best Photography Award sponsored by Naylor|
|2015||Big Sky Photography Experience Award. National Open Art Competition Prize Winner.|
|2014||Second place in the public's choice out of 70 artworks at the 2014 Salon des Refusés.|
|2017||21st National Open Art Competition, Bargehouse, Oxo Tower Wharf, Southbank, London.|
|2016||20th National Open Art Competition Winners' Exhibition Pallant House Gallery, Chichester.|
||National Open Art Winter Exhibition, Mercers' Hall, Ironmonger Lane, London EC2V 8HE.|
|2016||The Rooftop Collective Edition V, Clerkenwell Gallery, Clerkenwell Green, London. EC1R 0DP. Part of photomonth east.|
|2016||National Open Art Pop Up, Arundel Castle, Arundel.|
|2015||National Open Art Winners' Gallery, Pallant House, Chichester.|
|2015||National Open Art Competition, Royal College of Art, London|
|2015||Affordable Art Fair. With Curious Duke Gallery. London.|
|2015||What on Earth? Two-person show with Julian Hanford, Curious Duke Gallery. London. Part of photomonth east 2015.|
|2015||Solo show Interfaces and Intersections Goldcrest films, London.|
|2014||London Lives, Oil and Water Gallery, Wandsworth Town, London.|
|2014||The Rooftop Collective Edition III at Curious Duke Gallery, London. Part of photomonth east 2014.|
|2014||Affordable Art Fair Mexico City with Decorazon Gallery.|
|2014||Affordable Art Fair New York with Decorazon Gallery.|
|2014||Best of the Salon des Refusés. London Newcastle Project Space, London. Details here.|
|2014||Salon des Refusés 2014, London. Curated by Happenstance.|
|2014||People and Places, Oil and Water Gallery, Wandsworth Town, London.|
|2013||Holiday Show, M2 Gallery, Little Rock, Arkansas, USA.|
|2013||The Frontline Club 10th Anniversary Exhibition, The Prix Bayeux Awards, Le Radar Gallery, Bayeux. Photographs from the Frontline Club, London.|
|2013||Crossing Borders, Susan Mumford Art Projects + Consultancy, Oxford American, Little Rock, Arkansas, USA.|
|2013||Spaces in Transition, Hanmi Gallery, London, Curated by Maria Marro-Perrera.|
|2012||The Rooftop Collective Edition II, theprintspace, London.|
|2012||Distilled Memory, Susan Mumford art projects + consultancy, Pop-up Exhibition at the Framers Gallery, London.|
|2011||The Everyday, Rooftop Collective exhibition, The Rooftop Gallery, Soho, London. Curated by Susan Johnson-Mumford.|
|2013||Crossing Borders, by Ryan Spark, Southern Glossary|
|2013||The British Are Coming, by Leslie Newell Peacock, Arkansas Times|
|2013||Spaces in Transition, by blogger Trevor To, Fitzrovia Art Walk|
Leica Myself (2013)
Art is Your Life. Make it Your Living. Susan Mumford, Chris King (2015)
The Frontline Club, London
City Dental, City of London
2012-Ongoing: Director and Producer of weekly image for Be Smart About Art’s Sunday reading blog.