“A man’s face is his autobiography. A woman’s face is her work of fiction.”  Oscar Wilde.

Well, that was Wilde being his usual waggish self. My view is that the lives of women are written on their faces too, just a little more artfully.  Whether we like it or not, it seems our faces are sculpted biographies.

I paint portraits, lots of them. I’ve been doing it for years and, yes, there are people whose faces are a mask. But the mask usually reveals as much as it disguises. It’s a truism that a good portrait artist, whether a painter or a photographer, will peek behind the mask and capture the subject’s character: his or her intelligence, wit, willfulness, humour, humility. The essential person will be revealed using the simple tools of brush, oil and canvas.

It’s a lot to ask. But one only has to look at the work of the great masters – Rembrandt, Annigoni, Sargent – to know that it can be done. There are artists working today whose skill and insight is only a few brushstrokes away from that level of craftsmanship. I’m not there yet, but with each painting I get a little closer.

Prices range from $600.00 to $15,000, depending on size. Please contact me if you’d like to commission a portrait:

 A quick (40 minute) portrait sketch in oil on canvas.

Video by Chloe King




3 thoughts on “Paintings

  1. Hi Alan
    Just met you tonight at the opening of your show. As I related to you earlier, I saw the show this past Saturday and decided to return to the opening to meet you. I suppose, at some point we can engage in some discourse around art and art-making, that is, if time is in your favour. Your work is quite nice indeed.

    Leroy Stapleton


  2. Hi Alan,
    30 years ago I bought aa aquarel painting from the Norfolk broards. Do You have made aquarells in the past? Its signed by Alan King.


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