Six Questions

Six Questions: Scott King

Tique | art paper asks six questions to an artist about their work and inspiration.
This week: Scott King.

Artist Scott King
Lives in London
Website http://www.scottking.co.uk

How do you describe your own art practice?

Well, I do graphic design, of sorts – I trained as a magazine art director, and everything I do is really based on that, but when it is purely my own work, I also do the writing, the images … the whole thing. So it’s really all the result of the frustration I felt as an art director, I think.

Scott King - 'A Balloon for Britain", 2012, digital prints, each 45 x 30cm. Courtesy of Herald St, London and Bortolami, New York

What was your first experience with art?

The very first thing I remember, from when I was maybe 4 or 5 years old, are some paintings done by Chimpanzees; these were in an enyclopedia that my mum had bought. They were very beautiful – abstract, obviously – red, blue and yellow daubs. After that it would have been record sleeves, I think. I used to design my own record sleeves in pencil crayon.

Scott King - 'Anish and Antony Take Afghanistan', 2014, book published by JRP|Ringier. Illustration by Will Henry

What is your greatest source of inspiration?

The grey area – or rater the nuclear neon pink area – between ‘high art’ and pop music.

Scott King - 'Welcome to Saxnot', 2017, installation view, Studio Voltaire, London. Courtesy of Herald St, London and Bortolami, New York

What do you need in order to create your work?

A deadline or some kind of external fear.

Scott King - 'Jeff the Bastard', 2008, wall painting, sizes variable. Courtesy of Herald St, London and Bortolami, New York

What are you working on at the moment?

The show I did at Studio Voltaire, ‘Welcome to Saxnot’ is going to Haus der Kulturen der Welt in Berlin soon, as part of their Wassermusik event, and their’s a version of this show going to Firstsite in Colchester in June … so I’m doing that. I’m also doing a record sleeve for the new album by John Grant … which is looking great so far… and I’ve just designed the facade for a building in London, something I’ve never done or expected to do, before.

Scott King - 'You're My Favorite Artist', 2013, vinyl record. 30 x 30cm. Courtesy of Herald St, London and Bortolami, New York

What work or artist has most recently surprised you?

The best thing I’ve seen recently – though the work is far from recent – was the Robert Filliou show at Peter Freeman Inc.

Scott King - 'Welcome to Saxnot', 2017, installation view, Studio Voltaire, London. Courtesy of Herald St, London and Bortolami, New York

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