Anna King Artist Profile

Anna King Artist Profile

Anna King Artist background

Anna King artist was born on one of the three small Out Skerries islands off Shetland. She lived there until the age of five when her family moved to the Borders. A talented musician and artist Anna studied Fine Art at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art Dundee graduating in 2005. Whilst at college she was awarded the Ian Eadie Award and the Royal Scottish Academy Student Exhibition Landscape Award.

Geldinganes - Oil & pencil on paper & board, 26cm x 32cm

Thinly worked passages of oil paint rest behind thicker, bolder expanses of tone etched into with delicate pencil marks.

Training and awards

Her sell out degree show was followed in October 2005 with another sell out exhibition, her first with Gallery Heinzel. She went on to win the inaugural Jolomo Lloyds TSB Landscape Award 2007 as well as the Anna Miller Scholarship. She has enjoyed residencies at the Watch House Studio, Catherine in 2006 and 2007 as well as at Traon Nevez in Brittany in 2009. More recently she was resident with SÍM  – The Association of Icelandic Visual Artists, Reykjavik. In 2013 she travelled to Aviemore to take part in The Bothy Project.

The critical acclaim and rising demand for Anna’s work enabled her to set up a studio and home at Edenside, Gordon in the Scottish Borders.

Artist statement

Of her work she notes “My work explores the margins of landscape. I work in oil paints on paper pasted onto board, drawing into the wet paint with pencil. This technique results in a deconstructed, sketch-like finished work; the smooth surface, fragility and fluidity of the mark making on paper echoing the temporary and peripheral nature of the places I paint.”

New work

Anna King returns to Gallery Heinzel for another major show in Spring 2019. The exhibition features 16 paintings mainly produced in 2018 prior to the arrival of her first child. Her trademark style captures scenes from the edge of our existence, snapshots from the frontiers of habitation. These paintings show Anna’s unerring fascination for the no-man’s land of landscape art; the spaces we pass but rarely notice. All executed in her typically high-key, sensitive style, this exhibition presents an artist with the power to turn our view of things inside out, to make us loo0k twice and to challenge the every idea of what contemporary landscape painting can be.

All works are available to view and reserve online. View the exhibition here: