Dr. Gerry King
Gerry King is a renowned artist and designer specialising in contemporary glass. His work is exhibited, collected and published internationally and held in some twenty public museum collections worldwide. Orientated towards exhibiting, he is also sought for design commissions and architectural projects. Originally trained as a glassblower he now works with a wide variety of techniques.
One of the first Australians in the field, King commenced working with glass while undertaking postgraduate studies in the USA during the early 1970s. He holds academic awards in art and education culminating in a Doctor of Creative Arts from the University of Wollongong. In the 1980's he was instrumental in the development of the Glass Studies course at the University of South Australia. His career has long been internationally based, both as an exhibitor and in other roles. He is engaged as a consultant, publishes articles on contemporary glass, teaches workshops, lectures and presents conference papers internationally.
In October 2009 the National Art Glass Collection at the Wagga Wagga Art Gallery presented his retrospective exhibition, “Into the Fourth Decade”. This was the first retrospective of a living glass artist initiated by the gallery. In 2015 he will present workshops in Turkey and New Zealand. He was the International Curatorial Consultant to the Hsin Chu Glass Museum, Taiwan in 2014 and Visiting Artist at Tshwane University, South Africa in 2013.
His works often have an underlying socio-political commentary. Visually, they capture the magic of glass, causing light to ‘dance’ through them. This unique character of his works is in part a result of the techniques he has developed in which each colour of the glass is caused to flow into its final position.