Self Portrait charcoal drawing on brown paper by Marce King

I was born in Kilmore, Victoria in 1978 and grew up in Bendigo.  I then lived in London and Melbourne for many years but I currently call Ballarat, Victoria home.

I studied a Bachelor of Visual Arts at Latrobe University. Graduating with distinction and winning the graduate award at the end of my degree that saw me travel through Europe creating art and exploring the world for a number of years.

My first Solo Exhibition was in 2006 at Brunswick Street Gallery in Melbourne Victoria. I have had multiple solo shows since, in Melbourne, Bendigo and Ballarat and participated in many group shows in Australia, Eurpope and online.

I have always created from a young age, feeling deeply connected to my chosen subject of the human form since early high school.  My style and mediums are mood based and as such can often vary but what remains (I hope) is expression through mark making.  I love drawing true likeness in the human form but I also really love and strive to bring out all the emotional complexities that comes from being human. Mark making and energy or restraint through that mark making often takes priority over exact likeness.

Drawing in any medium is my preferred technique but I LOVE printmaking and majored in Printmaking, specifically Lithography at University.  For me it adds another layer of emotional energy to an artwork. The tactile nature of it adds to the physical experience of creating.

As well as exploration of the general human existence, a very strong aspect of my work is exploring the lives of the LGBTIQ+ people and communities through my work. Their experiences, their lives, the emotional aspect of their personal journeys.

 

Other than creating my own art work and being able to use that as a vehicle of expression I am most passionate about encouraging and supporting other people to be creative. I sponsor an art award for high school aged students, promoting and supporting art in regional Victoria.  I also do what I can to encourage and support the making of art for art sake.  To not aim for perfection but just to do it. I am looked for any way possible to promote this to people. 

Self Portrait - Charcoal on paper