The Peter King Archive has now been extended to include over 1000 entries giving a detailed picture of the life and work of the artist.
King’s untimely death at the age of twenty-nine has meant that he has been largely omitted from the history of 1950s British art. His work has now been made available to a wider audience through a digitising project carried out by the artist’s son, Dr Mike King, at London Metropolitan University, and funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council.
Standing Figure by Peter King, 1950s © Estate of Peter King
King was undoubtedly a prolific artist whose exceptional talent was recognised by Henry Moore, who appointed him as his assistant along with Anthony Caro. He was part of a group of artists associated with Moore’s studio, with the teaching team at St Martin’s School of Art, with artists living at the Abbey Art Centre in London, and with Victor Musgrave’s Gallery One in Soho. He received the Boise Travelling Scholarship and funding from the BFI for an animated film, and exhibited the film and his work across Europe.
Black, yellow, red, white head on buff background by Peter King, 1950s © Estate of Peter King
The full digital archive is now available on VADS and includes examples of Peter King’s sculptures in a wide variety of materials as well as his works on paper, film puppets, and memorabilia.