King, Jack

About Jack King

Jack King was born December 31, 1920, in Phoenix, Arizona. When Jack was three, his family moved to Oregon where he developed a love for the outdoors through enjoyable summers spent along the Rogue River camping and fishing with his family.Mr. King's post-impressionistic style was developed throughout his artistic career painting oil canvases of the great American and Canadian wilderness.During the Depression Jack worked at a stable, cleaning stalls and feeding the horses. His love for horses and cowboys was real it wasn't long before Jack's sketches of horses found their way into friends homes. In 1939, he entered the Art Centre School of Design in Los Angles. After graduation, he studied privately with Orrin A. White and W. Smithson Broadhead. In 1944 he joined the Navy and abroad Jack was given senior officerís quarters for a studio. After 18 months aboard ship he had drawn more than 200 pictures of sailors, children, and other subjects for a fee of $5 for enlisted men and $25 for officers.Predominately a weekend artist until 1974, Mr. King left a lucrative career in Engineering to pursue art full time. He traveled extensively throughout the Western United States, Alberta, and British Columbia absorbing the great scenic beauty, wildlife and ranching environments which have resulted in many fine canvases. In the tradition of C. M. Russell, his canvases also capture the mystique of native and pioneer life on the plains during the late 1800's.Among his many awards are "Best of Show", Fred Oldfield Western Art Show and Auction, Calgary Exhibition and Stampede Art Auction, as well as being a two-time winner in the National Park Academy of Arts, "Art for the Parks" contest. Jack King died after a lengthy illness on July 12th, 1998. Only his body of work remains to inform us of his enduring talent that will not pass this way again. Once in a generation, perhaps only once in a century, is an artist born who can express in a single brush stroke the glistening muscles of a charming animal. Seldom is there an artist who can recreate the magic light of a sparkling brook so that you can taste that cold water tumbling over the rocks. Jack was one of these.