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July 18, 2013

Malone artist combines media

'Painted Drawings' by Charles Atwood King opens Friday

MALONE — There’s not much new in art, but there’s always room for discovery for artist Charles Atwood King.

His new exhibition, “Painted Drawings,” explores oil, oil washes and mixed-media on prepared linen at the Pouring Light Studios & Gallery in Malone.

“It’s mixed-media combining traditional materials you use to draw and then oil painting,” said King, a Malone resident.

“When I approached them, I approached them compositionally and initially as a drawing, and then they become paintings and drawings on top of the paintings. Again, nothing is new in the art world, but for me it is.”

Twenty pieces comprise the exhibition, which opens Friday.

“They range from 8- by- 8 inches to 48- by- 60 inches … a series of landscapes, still life, a series I call industrials. There are three of them. I’m planning on doing more,” King said. “They are machinery equipment or pieces of equipment that are late 1800s and early 1900s. During the Industrial Revolution, things were being manufactured, but there was still some handmade quality to it. The machines were beautiful.”

A series of polished silver containers are the subject of his still life.

“The show is very detailed, but there is looseness to it,” he said.

Beneath the oil washes, colored pencil and graphite, King prepped linen canvas.

“So the linen looks like a very fine sheet of drawing paper. It’s stretched linen that lasts for hundreds of years. I gessoed many thin coats with super-fine sanding in between. I use translucent and opaque color. The surface loses most of the linen texture. They become large sheets of ‘drawing paper.’ It looks like tinted drawing paper,” King said.

He tapes or thumbtacks his works on his studio walls after drawing sessions or classes; this was his inspiration. 

“I come home and tape my drawing on my studio wall or thumbtack them and study the pieces to see what I’ve done, what works and what doesn’t work,” King said. “What a way to display art, but it’s how can I get the freshness of taped art on the wall and have them protected archivally?”

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