Gerry King

Gerry King’s mesmerising kiln formed glass panels and sculptures are the result of more than forty years experimenting with the medium.

Gerry is an artist and designer specialising in contemporary glass. His work is exhibited, collected and published internationally and held in some twenty public collections worldwide. Orientated towards exhibiting, he is also sought for design and architectural projects.

He first worked with glass while undertaking postgraduate studies in the USA during the early 70s. Originally trained as a glassblower he now works with a wide variety of techniques to create masterful works often with an underlying socio-political  commentary. He holds a variety of academic awards in art and education culminating in a Doctor of Creative Arts from The University of Wollongong awarded in 1993. In the 1980s he was instrumental in the development of the Glass Studies course at the University of South Australia. On occasion he is engaged as a commissioned artist or designer, consultant, author, workshop leader, lecturer and presenter of conference papers both nationally and internationally.

His experience and skill enable him to create a body of work that is both highly crafted but also fluid, where he has allowed for the outcome to have some serendipity in the firing process.  He uses  pre-fired glass patterns within cast glass to create works filled with colour and translucency, trapping the memory of time and landscape within.

‘My landscape influenced works are not depictions of specific views but rather a record of the emotional experience occasioned by recollections of colour and forms. I am also inspired by rural districts I often visit. Some are in the rain shadow of the Adelaide Hills and during summer the grass covered slopes are a harsh dry brown but in winter they are radiant with a resplendent swaying green. The contrast is so stark that it barely seems possible. These valleys are a short distance from my home which is located on a high rainfall, tall tree covered steep hill. This difference is startling, illustrating the change wrought upon landscape by availability of water’.

QUALIFICATIONS

1993
Doctor of Creative Arts: University of Wollongong, Australia

1976
Advanced Dip. Teaching, (Fine Art): Torrens C A E, Australia

1974
Certificate Hot and Flat Glass: Georgian College, Canada

1974
Master of Science, Education: Alfred University, USA

1971
Certificate Printmaking: SA School of Art, Australia

1970
Certificate Ceramics: SA School of Art, Australia

1966
Awarded Post Graduate Year:  SA School of Art, Australia

1965
Diploma of Art Teaching: SA School of Art, Australia

REPRESENTED

National Gallery of Australia: Canberra, National Art Glass Collection: Wagga Wagga, New South Wales
Queensland Art Gallery: Brisbane, Queensland
Art Gallery of Western Australia: Perth, Western Australia
National Gallery of Victoria: Melbourne, Victoria
Art Gallery of South Australia: Adelaide, South Australia
Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery: Launceston, Tasmania
State Craft Collection of Victoria: Melbourne, Victoria
Banyule Collection: Victoria
Latrobe Valley Arts Centre: Victoria
The Art Trust: Australia
Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology: Melbourne, Victoria
Flinders University of South Australia: Adelaide, South Australia
Niijima Contemporary Glass
Art Collection: Niijima, Japan
Notojima Glass Art Museum
Notojima, Japan
International Collection of Modern Glass Art: Glasmuseum, Ebeltoft, Denmark
Auckland Institute and Museum: Auckland, New Zealand
Wustum Museum of Fine Art: Racine, Wisconsin, USA
Museo Municipal De Arte En Vidrio De Alcorcon: Madrid, Spain
Marinha Grande National Museum Marinha Grande, Portugal
The World of Glass: St Helens, Merseyside, England
Modern Art Project: South Africa
Kaplan/Ostergaard Glass Center: Palm Springs, USA
Sir Elton John Glass Collection: Great Britain Tsinghua University Collection: Beijing, China Private Collections:
Australia, China, Japan, New Zealand, USA, Singapore, U K, Hong Kong, Philippines, Germany
Private Commissions: Australia, USA, Singapore
Public Commissions: Australia

AWARDS AND HONOURS

2011
Honorary Life Member: Ausglass, The Australian Assoc. of Glass Artists

2007
Export Grant: Austrade

2006
Grant: Department of the Arts, SA
Export Grant: Austrade

1995
Cultural Exchange Grant: Australia/Korea Foundation

1988
Cultural Exchange Fellowship: Bank of Tokyo

1980
Grant: Department of the Arts, SA

1975
Grant: Australia Council

1974
Phi Kappa Phi

EXHIBITIONS [Recent / Selected]

2017
Hangzhou International Contemporary Glass Art Exhibition: China Academy of Art, China
REVIEW: Masters Of Glass, SABBIA GALLERY, Sydney
Virtuoso II; Kirra Galleries, Melbourne

2016
SOFA Chicago: Kirra Galleries, USA
Tianyuan IGAF International Glass Festival: Shacheng, China
Gerry King – Solo: three score & ten
Aptos Cruz Galleries, Adelaide
South Australia & Shandong Exhibition: Kerry Packer Gallery, Adelaide
Land, Sea & Sky: Kirra Galleries, Melbourne

2015
Crafted Light: Aptos Cruz Galleries, Adelaide Illuminations: Ausglass Conference Exhibition, Adelaide
SOFA Chicago: Kirra Galleries, [USA]
Salute XI: SABBIA GALLERY, Sydney

2014
Art Shanghai: Shanghai, China
Hsinchu City International Glass Art Festival: Hsinchu Glass Museum, Taiwan
Distant Horizons: Kirra Galleries, Melb.

2013
Conversations with King: Tshwane University, South Africa
Gerry King / Retief van Wyk: Modern Art Project, Pretoria, South Africa
Wheaton Village Glass Weekend: NJ, USA
Ruby Ruby: Hahndorf Academy, SA
Hall of Flame: Adelaide Convention Centre Ensemble: Wagga Wagga Art Gallery
PRIMA: SABBIA GALLERY, Sydney

2012
Salute VII, SABBIA GALLERY, Sydney
Director’s Choice: Kirra Galleries, Melb
SA Glass Survey: Worth Gallery, Adelaide
Palmer Sculpture Exhibition: Palmer, SA

2011
Kaplan-Ostergaard Glass Center Exhibition, 2011- 12: Palm Springs Art Museum, USA
Our Glass World, 4th International Egerart Art: Izmir Gallerisi, Turkey
The Tom Malone Exhibition: Art Gallery of Western Australia
Objects: BMGART, Adelaide
Segue: Kirra Galleries, Melbourne
Gerry King – Solo: Iconic Memory: SABBIA GALLERY, Sydney
Protégé: Aptos Cruz Galleries, Adelaide Transceudence: Municipal Gallery of Marinha Grande, Portugal
Geometry: Masters of Glass
SABBIA GALLERY, Sydney, 2010
Masterpieces in Miniature: Kirra Galleries, Melbourne
Palmer Sculpture Biennial, Palmer SA

2009
Gerry King – Solo
INTO THE FOURTH DECADE: a retrospective, Wagga Wagga Art Gallery, GlasHart, Fort Vuren, Holland
SOFA New York: New York, USA
Maestros-Australian Studio Glass & Ceramics: SABBIA GALLERY, Sydney

2008
Crossfire: Wagga Wagga Art Gallery, NSW
Palmer Sculpture Biennial, Palmer SA

2007
Mastery-In Contemporary Glass: The Arts House, Singapore
Bombay Sapphire Exhibition, New Zealand, Singapore
The Hobart Prize, Tasmanian Art Gallery and Museum, Hobart
Collect: V&A Museum, London. UK,
Korea International Art Fair: Seoul, Korea, 2006
Australian Glass 2006: Sandra Ainsley Gallery, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
The Bombay Sapphire Blue Room: Auckland, New Zealand
30 Years of Glass – Gerry King
ART Singapore, Singapore
Mastery: Gaffer Studio Glass, Hong Kong

PUBLICATIONS [Represented / selected] Australian Signatures:

The National Art Glass Collection, Wagga Wagga Art Gallery
50 Distinguished Contemporary Artists in Glass: Neiswander J, Intelligent Layman, London, 2006
Revealing the Mystery Veil of Glass Art: Wang S, Artist Book, Taipei, 2006
Australian Glass Today: Osborne M. Wakefield Press, Adelaide, 2006
Artists in Glass: Late Twentieth Century Masters in Glass:
Klein D, Mitchell Beazley, London 2001
The Story of Studio Glass: ed. Lynggaard F, Rhodos, Copenhagen, 1998
The Dictionary of Art: ed. Turner J, Grove, New York, 1996
Glass Art: Layton P, A & C Black, London, 1996
Australian Studio Glass: Ioannou N, Craftsman House, Sydney, Australia, 1995 National Art Glass Collection: City Art Gallery, Wagga Wagga, Australia, 1995

PUBLISHED as Author  [Selected]

Australian Signatures: The National Art Glass Collection, Essay, Wagga Wagga Art Gallery
The Story of Studio Glass: Ed. Lynggaard F, Rhodos, Copenhagen, 1998
Forceps of Language: Ed. Thompson B, C. C. of A, Sydney, 1992
Craft Arts International: various issues, Australia Monthly Design: Various issues, Korea
Craft Australia: Various issues, Australia Glashaus: Various issues, Germany
Asian Arts Education: Japan
Blueprint: Philippines
LITERÁRNY TÝ DENNÍK: Slovakia
Marmalade: Issue 04, Australia
Into the Flame: Kirra Galleries, Melbourne

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