About Me

"...Isaiah King’s prints reflect two sides of longing—stemming from desire and plain need. In this line, his work shares a direct link to the German Expressionists, though updated with contemporary views of graphic design..."

- Lynn Maliszewski, bombsite.com

AIBA Passbook Photo with custom packing tape lamination.

AIBA Passbook Photo with custom packing tape lamination.

I am a Canadian-born artist, graphic designer and animation designer living and working in Brooklyn, New York. My printmaking and drawing works pursue an ongoing study of the human form. I use multiple printmaking and drawing techniques, applying diverse and aggressive mark making to my figure studies. My design studio and practice build upon an assertion that art and design can play an important role in the elevation of deeper public discourse on social issues. 

My Mini Bio

Really Early years:
According to my parents I’ve been drawing from a very young age. People and cows featured prominently in my pre-kindergarten period. The highlight of my early work is a small religious piece entitled “Angel Dropping Sewing Machine on Nativity Scene,” my mother still has this in her collection.

Earlier years:
Within a community of crafts people and artisans I went to a two-room schoolhouse in rural Ontario, Canada. Here Coral Nault (the most influential artist in my life) taught me everything from the color wheels to how to proportionally draw a face. I still fail her tertiary colors pop quiz when I see her on home visits!

Early-ish years:
In hindsight I now understand that Canterbury Arts High School in Ottawa, Ontario had a creative educational rigor on par or exceeding most post-secondary schools. Which might be why even though I didn’t totally suck at art, I still didn’t get stellar grades. Rightfully so! Those grades were reserved for my genius classmates whom I still admire today.

The other years:
Hazy, hung-over experimentations in music, theater, African travel, set design, hard labor and construction…

The Resurrection Period:
My muse and now wife kicked my ass back into what I was always good at, visual arts. I picked up my pencils and brushes again and went off to art school. My ChangeTheWorld-Adbusters-subversive-design-fascination set me on the graphic design track at MassArt in Boston. Here I also rediscovered my love for printmaking and spent every spare minute at school in the print studio.

The now time
Greenpoint, Brooklyn is now my home. Here I’ve established a small graphic design and animation studio and continue to create my own art.


Exhibits / Publications

2015

Presenting Shakespeare: 1,100 Posters from Around the World

October 29, 2015 / Publication
By Mirko Ilic, Steven Heller and Julie Taymor
Published by Princeton Architectural Press
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822 Gallery Group Exhibit

Fall 2015 / Group exhibit
822 Gallery, Royal Oak, Michigan
Link


2012

2012 MassArt Auction

Spring 2012 / Group exhibit
Sandra and David Bakalar Gallery, Boston, Massachusetts.
March 30 – April 14, 2012


Worth Telling

Fall 2012 / Group exhibit
Abrazo Interno Gallery , New York City
August 30th – September 11th, 2012


Africa Grafica

October 2012 / Group Exhibit
2012 Tenerife Design Festival, Museum of Nature and Mankind, Tenerife, Spain
October 11 - 31, 2012
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2011

New Prints 2010/Autumn

Winter 2011 / Group Exhibit
Visual Arts Center at The University of Texas, Austin , Texas
January 28 - March 12, 2011
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Haiti in the Collective Imagination

Winter 2011 / Group Exhibit
The Gallatin Galleries, New York City, New York
February 14 – March 3, 2011
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“All for Africa” 

May 2011 / Publication
PAGE Magazine Issue 5/2011, Germany
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Flourish: Alumni Works on Paper

Summer 2011 / Group Exhibit
Sandra and David Bakalar Gallery at Massachusetts College of Art and Design
June 6—July 9, 2011
Link


This is What Democracy Looks Like

Fall 2011 / Group Exhibit
The Gallatin Galleries, New York City, New York
October 28 – November 18, 2011
Link

2010

Dutch Kills May Show

Spring 2010 / Group exhibit
Dutch Kills Gallery, New York City, New York
May 8 – June 6, 2010


“It’s Only a Paper Moon…”

Summer 2010 / Group Exhibit
Wall Space Gallery, Ottawa, Ontario
July 17 – August 10, 2010
Link


The Pont-Rouge Portrait Project

Fall 2010 / Co-exhibit and Auction
PowerHouse Arena, Brooklyn
September 7-19, 2010
Charity auction and artist reception September 9, 7-10pm
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New Prints 2010/Autumn

Fall 2010 / Group Exhibit
International Print Center of New York, New York City, New York
October 21 – November 20, 2010
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2009

BOLD: Prints and paintings by Talyn-Hartunian-Credit and Isaiah King

Winter 2008/2009 / Group Exhibit
Diesel Café, Somerville, Massachusetts
December 4, 2008 - January 31, 2009


Prints

Spring 2009 / Solo Exhibit
The Savant Project, Boston, Massachusetts
April 2-30, 2009


Multiples: Printmaking works on paper by Isaiah King

Summer 2009 / Solo Exhibit
Dutch Kills Gallery, New York City, New York    
June 20 – June 28, 2009
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Design for Obama - Posters for Change: A Grassroots Anthology

November 1, 2009 / Publication
By Steven Heller, Aaron Perry-Zucker and Spike Lee
Published by Taschen
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