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Don King Artist

The work of watercolor and oil painter Don King

About the artist
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My name is Don King and I’m a realistic watercolor and oil painter. As an artist, I feel the most important motive in painting lies in understanding my surroundings.

Click the “Paintings” link at the top of this page to view my latest paintings.

Born, raised, and living for most of my life in New York City, I find a great deal of inspiration in the big city, with its diverse neighborhoods and streets and people who make it unique.
There is a beauty within the everyday and ordinary that, for me, only painting can reveal. I'm drawn to these subjects by various forms of shape, color, value and pattern, in hopes of making and sharing such discoveries. Through the process of painting, I gain new and deeper insight into my subject and its surroundings as these elements combine and communicate.

I’m constantly striving to understand the world around me though my art. It’s an ongoing never ending process that invigorates me every single day!

About the paintings

The act of seeing without really seeing our everyday surroundings is the plague of modern life.
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The statement scrolling above is what my paintings are all about. I quote from the insightful weekly online newsletter www.BrainPickings.org by Maria Popova: "Under the tyranny of multi-tasking, the uni-tasking necessary for the art of noticing has been exiled from our daily lives." Saying almost the same thing, one of my favorite writers Henry David Thoreau, wrote in his famous novel Walden (Walden Pond): “What is the most admirable routine of life compared with the discipline of looking always at what is to be seen.”
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Working in watercolor and now more recently in oils, my "city-scape" paintings, executed around the varied New York City locations I know so well, strive to capture the beauty found in the everyday scenes that are often missed by most people, especially the very folks who live and work in this big city.

I’m just completed a series of 17 paintings, shown on this site, with the primary focus being the almost 100 year old elevated No. 7 subway line that runs through the Queens borough of New York City. The play of light and shadow that the “el” casts on the streets and buildings under it is absolutely fascinating to me.

I may go back to this subject at a later date, but for now I’ve recently begun a new series of figurative paintings, showing one solitary figure, usually a female, in unique and sometimes isolated locations of the city.
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