6359 11th Avenue, Sacramento, CA, 95820
Goran K. King was born in New England in 1942. He received his first pocket knife at the age of 7 and has been carving ever since. King says: "In my late 20s I chose to put my art training aside to support my family by working two jobs in order to make ends meet. Now, here I am starting all over again, and I’m having a blast. I have no regrets for my past decisions though I would change a few things given the opportunity. Life is interesting regarding the paths we choose to take at any given juncture. There’s a reason I chose the path I took, now I get to discover how it will impact not only my work but the art world in general. It’s going to be a glorious ride.”
King sculpted "Ghost Writer" using polymer resin in his casting-the-void method. The void is the sculpture. He conceived this method as an alternative to the very expensive bronze casting process and applied it to his work at Mount San Antonio College’s Fine Art program in 1973. The addition of light gives it a crystalline affect. "Ghost Writer" was accepted and displayed at the 2010, Bold Expressions 55th International juried art exhibit, in Sacramento, CA. From 283 entries from around the world, only 29 art pieces received an award. King’s "Ghost Writer" was among them.
In 2007, Goran and his spouse, also an artist, won entry into the coveted California State Fair’s Fine Art Competition, taking home three awards for their natural stone medallions, a few of which can be seen in the Stone Gallery. In December 2010, his work was on display at the prestigious Blue Moon Gallery, in Sacramento, CA. His entry in the 2011 Sacramento Fine Arts Centers sculpture competition was High Tech Beggar. King’s art was on display at the Colonial Heights branch of the Sacramento Public Library on Stockton Blvd. for the month of July 2011.
About his approach to sculpture King says: “My work is conceived and inspired by life itself, hence the lean towards figurative realism. I seldom sketch, draw, or take pictures; instead I study and get to know and perhaps capture the emotions of my subject long enough to reincarnate his essence. I read an article online about Sitting Bull. It didn’t match the text book stories as I remembered them. This intrigued me, so I dug into the history from the Native American perspective. Days later I held the block of wax for a long time knowing that Sitting Bull was in there, wanting out…and out he came. Eighteen hours later I held him in my hands as you see him in the wax gallery on my website. Sometimes I can look at a lump of clay and see the end result, other times it’s like opening a present, I just start removing the packaging whether it be clay, wood, stone or wax, and am surprised at what is inside. Wow, what a rush! Sometimes I awaken from a sound sleep so excited about an idea that I can’t go back to sleep."
Goran K. King will be the featured artist on Sacramento365.com for the month of August 2011.
King's favorite quote: “I showed the America I knew and observed to others who might not have noticed.” -Norman Rockwell.