We had the good fortune of connecting with Jennifer King and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jennifer, alright, let’s jump in with a deep one – what’s you’re definition for success?
In general, success is about reaching goals and putting good quality work out into the world. I feel most successful when I produce work that I know was genuine with sufficient time and thought invested. Even though monetary gain and acknowledgement are helpful and sometimes necessary, I feel true success has more to do with the perseverance and investment you have in your goals.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I’m an oil painter, creating imagery of strong women and of men through the “female gaze”. I enjoy portraying women as heroic, larger than life figures, in positions of power over the viewer, which typically throughout art history men would be portrayed this way while women would be portrayed as sexy, lounging objects, appealing to the male gaze. My paintings are created with oil paint on canvas, typically ranging between 4 feet and 7 feet tall. I love bright exciting colors, and use them to grab the viewer’s attention. In my opinion, they look best in person, as photographs cannot communicate the large scale of the paintings, which is important to me.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
This is a tricky question for year 2020, as Covid has prevented me from going out much at all. The first thing that would come to mind though would be Logan Creative, the building my studio is in, because there are about 20 artists working there so there’s a good amount of art to see and it’s a pretty cool place to visit. It’s near downtown Santa Ana, which contains some great restaurants and the Frida Cinema, which is a non-profit theater that plays a lot of older and cult-classic movies. These days though, because of Covid, I’ve been exploring less populated areas to visit. Most recently I took a day trip out to Joshuah Tree. I love the desert landscape, and it’s a perfect place to destress and see some breathtaking scenery.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Those who have encouraged & supported my artistic journey in the past year include my coworker, artist Jeff Soto (jeffsoto.com) and my best friend, designer/artist Jonathan Dominguez (instagram.com/jonmichael_)