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Art From the Heartland contains images of rural and urban Florida scenes to Brooklyn, NY, and Maryland. Mike King’s influences in watercolor come from Andrew Wyeth, Edgar Whitney, and Tony Couch. His abstract works were inspired by abstract expressionist artists Hans Hoffmann, Jackson Pollock and Sam Francis. “I apply what Pollock said about his own work: “Every painting has a life of its own. I just try to let it come through.”
About his work and inspirations, Mike says, “I draw and paint what interests me. My representational pieces are taken from photos or done plein air which I love because plein air painting captures the immediacy of your own impressions better than a photo. I usually start with a post card sized sketch of the scene where I map out the value pattern first to create visual order and a center of focus. Most famous figurative paintings are begun this way. My abstract pieces come from my imagination, which I paint spontaneously and quickly. However, I try to impose a variety of design elements and some design principles to unify the painting and avoid a chaotic, visually jarring image. Because they are done in acrylic, I can paint over the image if it doesn’t look and feel right.”
Please join artist Mike King for Fourth Friday, July 27 from 5:30 – 7:30 pm at TECO Public Art Gallery. He will host a Talk & Tour of the exhibition and share thoughts about his work, his inspirations and discuss techniques he believes have improved his work over the years. Mike currently teaches privately basic to advanced watercolor and acrylic painting and drawing.
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702 N. Franklin St., Tampa, FL 33602
Nearby street parking and paid lots.