Sacramento Art History Consortium’s Featured Artist: Avery King

by Bree Garcia

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SAHC: Can you give us a brief description of your creative process? What is your preferred medium and style?

AK: I work mostly in acrylic on canvas. I usually stretch my own canvas, and I develop most of my ideas in sketches before I apply them to the canvas. Once I have a good idea of where I want to go with it, I lay down the basics with charcoal then work with paint to finish it up.

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 SAHC: As a Sacramento artist what responsibilities do you believe that you have to the local and the global community?

AK: Locally I believe I should strive to find an original voice rather than chase the styles and trends of larger cities. I feel like Sacramento is sometimes challenged by our status as a smaller city, living in the shadow of the Bay Area, for instance. Yet the things that set us apart should be a part of what comes through in our art. There is a sense of community, for one, that I encounter which exists among widely disparate artists — people who don’t know each other personally and pursue different aims — who recognize and respect one another’s drive.

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SAHC: What advice do you have for emerging artists, or those pursuing a career in the arts?

Ak: Don’t expect to get rich, and don’t accept working for free. You can make a good living, but it’s not easy. If art is what you want to do with your life, pursue it as your first priority, but don’t be ashamed of having a day job. We all got bills to pay.

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 SAHC: Who are some of your favorite Sacramento Artists, and why?

AK: A lot of my favorites have bugged out recently, but many remain: Jared Konopitski, because he’s so true to his spirit and that spirit is so kind it glows, plus his art is totally unique and always makes me smile. Melissa Pagluica because she has a style that is subtle and engaging plus she pushes ahead with projects in a way that’s admirable. Ryan Cicak because he’s kept Pompsicle alive and bridges the art and dramatic communities in a way which benefits everyone involved. The art complex, 21 Ten, houses so many talented people that I feel humbled to share a space with them. It really is a concentration of awesomeness. And there are many others; Pompsicle, for instance, draws a great pool of talented people and creates a little community to itself. That’s just one I’m familiar with but I see that there are lots of these little communities around town and a huge amount of talent here.

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SAHC: Where are some of your favorite Art/ Art History resources found?

AK: The Crocker, obviously, has amazing stuff, and the local galleries are always full of surprises. Being a lifelong dork, I’m also a fan of comics and the art that goes along with them, so I can’t pass up a good comic shop and I love to hit up the artist alley at the local Sac-Con when I can make it. A lot of cafes around town have high quality art on display as well, and I’m particularly impressed with what Temple Coffee has achieved (I may be biased since I showed there once). I think any place with wall space should consider recruiting some local artists to adorn their walls.

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SAHC: Is there anything else about the arts here in Sacramento that you would like share with our reader?

AK: It really is very wide open here, and that is a great thing. There is no need for an artist or an art admirer to feel intimidated about checking out the art scene. One of the best comments I hear from people visiting the studio is that they never thought they would enjoy art until someone dragged them along. Sacramento is big enough to be rewarding yet still small enough to be inclusive.

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SAHC: Where can your work be viewed, or found online?

AK: I’m in studio 11 at 2110 K Street, online at averykingart.com and on facebook at facebook.com/AveryKingArt. I also have work at Antiquite Maison Privee, which is a gem of a venue: very intimate and host to many great music events. If you haven’t discovered it, make your way to a show there; you won’t be disappointed

If you are interested in being one of SAHC’s featured artists, email us at: info@sacramentoarthistory.org

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