KING, Ron

Ron  King   (British 1932-)

Ron King, print maker, painter, designer topographer and teacher, born in São Paulo, Brazil. He moved to the UK as a child and studied at Chelsea School of Art, 1951–55. He won a Biddulph Scholarship for Painting;  Monsanto Painting Award, in 1957; a Forrester Painting Award, 1960. King was art director for a publishing company in Canada, 1957–60, and lectured at Farnham School of Art, 1961–5. In the mid-1960s, King had many prints produced by Editions Alecto, notably ‘The Prologue’ series based on Geoffrey Chaucer’s ‘The Canterbury Tales.’ Following Editions Alecto’s abandonment of The Prologue project, in 1967 King founded Circle Press, specialising in limited editions of fine books and prints. John Berger, Julia Farrer, Birgit Skiöld and Ian Tyson were some of the artists he worked with. The retrospective exhibition Cooking The Books: Ron King and the Circle Press,  was organised in 2002 by Yale Center for British Art in New Haven, America and celebrated the Center’s acquisition of a complete set of Circle Press works and an accompanying archive.

He lives with his wife, the sculptor Willow Legge, in West Sussex. He kindly donated his personal collection of artists’ books to Cardiff University in 2014.

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