Anki King

Norway: Steinsrud, 2967 Lomen
USA: 159 Meserole St. Gr. Fl. Brooklyn, NY 11206


Anki King grew up in a small town in Norway at the end of a road with forest
all around. She spent hours playing by herself on the mossy ground under
large pine trees and in the dark winters spent hours at home, on the floor,
drawing. To her, artists were historical people you read about in school
books, not something you considered as a profession. When King began
studying practical art as a short break from three years of economy studies
her life changed completely. She was pulled into the life of an artist by strange
coincidences and by an urge she only later came to understand. King has now
been painting for over twenty years.

In 1991 Anki King was accepted in the three year program at Oslo Drawing
and Painting School before moving to New York in 1994. In New York she
has built a strong career as a painter and exhibits frequently both in Europe
and in USA. Her direct and solemn work requires pondering of the image for a
deeper search and understanding. Recently she has begun making sculpture
part of her expressive language.

She says: to create something I need to feel something. Emotions are the base
of the work I make and I use paint and brushstrokes to express what I want
to say, and the feeling I wish to convey. Painting to me is a collaborative
process. Oil paint is a live medium and if you do something with it, it does
something back that you again can respond to; it is a communication.
Every work I create contains figures or figurative elements. I have always
enjoyed the figure and I have a love relationship with it as form. It is also the
most direct way I can convey my own experience and it is ultimately this
experience I create out of.
The still-standing figures are for the most part tall and slim, somewhat awkward with large hands – something that relates to my own physical
form.  There is definitely femaleness in the shape, but it is simplified and at times fragmented which makes it more universal. The life-size figures
do not do anything; they simply stand in the middle of the canvas and await your response.

The work of Anki King is represented in the collection of the Appleton Museum of Art, exhibition venues include Katonah Museum of Art, Las
Cruces Museum of Art, Karpeles Library Museum and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in Tokyo. In 2009 she will have solo exhibitions both in
New York and in Norway.
Anki King
Norway: Steinsrud, 2967 Lomen
USA: 159 Meserole St. Gr. Fl. Brooklyn, NY 11206

Born near Oslo, Norway 1970
Lives and works in New York City


2010        Galleri Athene, Drammen, Norway

2009        Galleri Svae, Gjøvik, Norway
Sisters, Trygve Lie Gallery, New York, NY

2008     Remembrance, Something Unexpected Art
Gallery, Nyack, NY

Alternate Reality Self Portraits, CFEVA,                
Philadelphia, PA
Search, Gallery A Minor, Oslo, Norway

2003     Bikers, Soppen MC, Brandbu, Norway

2001     Couples, Eldorado Gallery, Stroudsburg, PA

2000     City Visions, Trygve Lie Gallery, New York

1999      People, Cherokee Phoenix Gallery, New York

1998      City People, Gershwin Gallery, New York

Fall Exhibition, Preston Contemporary Art Center, NM
A-B(o)mb, Artoconecto, FL
Threading Threads, Alte Post, Berlin, Germany
International Juried Show (Whitney Curator Carter
Foster), Visual Art Center NJ
Life’s Unique Journey, Nortwest Cultural Council, IL
Beneath the Skin, Chashama Gallery, NY
Resonance New York, Monkdogz Urban Art
Gallery, NY

2007        NANY II (Norwegian Artists in New York),
Trygve Lie Gallery, NY
Image and Identity (online), International Museum of
Women, CA
Au Naturel, The Nude In The 21st Century, The Art
Center Gallery, OR

2006        Penetrating Empathy, Haven Arts Gallery,
Bronx, NY
Life and Liberty after 9/11, Las Cruces Museum of Art,
Small Works Shows, Karpeles Library Museum & Port of
Call Gallery, NY

2005        Artistic Fragments: Art 2005, Katonah Museum
of Art, NY
International Exhibition of Art on Fans, Tokyo
Metropolitan Museum

2004          Collaboration, Chasama Gallery, NYC
Norwegian Artists in New York (opened by Mr. Kofi
Annan), Trygve Lie Gallery,  NY

2003           Fall Exhibition, Creative Artists Network,
Philadelphia, PA              
Three Graces, Galleria Galou, Williamsburg, NY        

2002     The Art Community Reacts (9/11), Fulton Street
Gallery, Troy, NY
2001           New York Underground I, Silvestre Galleries,
Surf City, NJ

2000        Riverside Artsfest, the Firehouse Gallery,
Bainsbridge, GA
Labeled and Ready (juried), The Hunger Artist Gallery,
Albuquerque, NM
BYOW, International Juried Exhibition, (Ariella Budick, Art
Critic Newsday), the Stage Gallery, Merrick, NY

1997        Persona, CB’s Gallery, New York

1996            Hostutstillingen (the Fall Exhibition),
Kunstnernes Hus, Oslo, Norway
The Lyrical, the Expressionistic and the Poetic, Juried
Exhibit at Denise Bibro
Gallery, New York

Anki King

2008        VCCA Residency, December 08
Winner of Top Ten Exquisite Expressions at ArtRom
Gallery, Italy
Certificate of Achievement/Finalist, Drawing Bodies Art
2007        Drawing Center Slide Registry, NY
Nude of the Month, May.
Painting “Family” selected for the month of May in the
Norwegian Consulate General’s 2007 calendar
2003        Accepted into the two year program at Creative
Artists Network (now Center for   
Emerging Visual Artists)
OCA Grant for Exhibit “Bikers”
2001           Honorable Mention in the Mason Scholarship
Competition, The Art Students League  
of New York
2000        Finalist in the Artist’s Magazine Portrait
1999        Merit Scholarship, The Art Students League,
New York

BIBLIOGRAPHY (selection)
2008        På hjemmebane (Home With), Magasinet,
Dagbladet by Randi Helene Svendsen
Hot i New York (Hot in New York), Oppland Arbeiderblad
(Norwegian statewide paper), by Helge Rønning Birkelund
Drawing Bodies, American Artist Drawing Magazine,
Summer 08, by Bob Bahr
2007        King-Kunst i New York (King-Art in NY)
Avisen Hadeland (Norwegian paper)
Fra Queens til Oslo (From Queens to Oslo), Oppland
Arbeiderblad, by Per Øyvind Skjønberg
Søkende Anki (Searching Anki), Avisen Hadeland, by
Håvard Krogsrud  
2005        LIC Art Gallery, Ins and Outs Magazine, NY.
2004     Norwegian Artists in New York, Magasinet,
Dagbladet (Norwegian national paper)  2 page spread by
Maria Borja    
Annan Ǻpnet Norsk Utstilling (Annan opened Norwegian
Exhibit) Aftenposten (Norwegian national paper), by
Kristin Nilsen
Broken Mannequin, cover of Viking Magazine, article by
Jim Olson
2002     Open studio shows a World of Artists, Newsday,
article with image, NY, by Peter Simunovich
Anki will male MC Gutta (Anki Will Paint the Biker Guys)
Oppland Arbeiderblad, by Marit Reistad
2000          Artist’s Magazine, December issue, by Sandra
Art & Fashion, Black Book Magazine, September issue
Review of BYOW at Stage Gallery, New York Times, by
Helen A. Harrison
Paintings appeared in the independent movie ”The Trade”
King of New York, Oppland Arbeiderblad, by Per Øyvind
1998           Album cover for “Funkhouse” jazz band
1997        New York er min inspirasjon (NY is my
Inspiration) Oppland Arbeiderblad, 2 page article by Anne
1996     Norwegian Art in NY, Article in Aftenposten by
Helle Benedicte Berg          
Review of Hostutstillingen, Avisen Hadeland by Siv

2008        Appleton Museum, Florida, USA
2005        Collection of M. Benavides (private), USA
2004        Collection of P. Myhrvold (private), Norway
2000     The Habsburg Collection, USA
1998           The Tessler Collection (private), USA
The Gershwin Hotel

1995-1999  The Art Students League of New York,
Certificate in Fine Art
1991-1994  Oslo Tegne  og Maleskole (Oslo Drawing and
Painting School), Oslo, Norway
1990-1991  Nybu Videregåene Skole, Drawing,
Composition and Painting, Lillehammer, Norway
1989-1990  Gran Videregående Skole, Fine Arts and
Sewing, Gran, Norway
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