Michael King is a contemporary Canadian painter and art instructor based in Port Coquitlam, British Columbia. He works primarily as an oil painter and is known for soft plein air landscapes, modern still lifes, and portraiture. With an eye for how light, shadow, and colour temperature form the fundamental elements of a scene, King’s practice blends representation with Impressionistic aesthetics. This juxtaposition of technique and intuition creates paintings that are poised between observational realism and abstraction.
With his formal education in Industrial Design from Carleton University in Ottawa, King’s career in product design influenced his approach to fine art. King places strong emphasis on mastery of the technical aspects of painting, then allowing the educated subconscious to take reign during the painting process.