Photoexpressionist Mindscapes - the Art of Wayne D. King
His images are a celebration of life, blending the real and the surreal to achieve a sense of place or time that reaches beyond the moment into what he calls "a dreamlike quintessentialism" designed to spark an emotional response. Using digital enhancement, handcrafting, painting, and sometimes even straight photography, King takes the viewer to a place that is beyond simple truth to where truth meets passion, hope and dreams.
King studied photography under Richard Merritt at the University of New Hampshire. UNH had only a few photography classes but in those heady days Richard Merritt worked with a small and dedicated group of photographers who would become some of today's finest photographers: Edward Acker III, Steve Bliss, Christopher Polydoroff, Casey MacNamara, Hannah Stutz and others.
As a freshman at UNH, King borrowed a camera from his roommate in order to have a camera when he applied for a job as a photographer at The New Hampshire, the UNH student newspaper. He had barely used a camera but he needed the money so he talked a good game and was hired, prompting him to quickly learn how to develop film and print images. Within a few days he was hooked and he went on to work for the New Hampshire for the next four years competing fiercely for front page images with his roommate and good friend Edward G. Acker III.
King holds a BS Degree in Environmental Conservation and a Masters Degree in Earth and Space Science Education from the University of New Hampshire, Durham. A three term former State Senator from New Hampshire, Wayne King was the 1994 Democratic nominee for Governor. King is also the founder of The Electronic Community, a group of social entrepreneurs working on social and development issues in Africa.
King recently concluded work as the CEO of MOP Environmental Solutions, Inc. MOP is a small public company in the business of manufacturing oil spill cleanup products.
King has published four books of his photographic artwork and recently completed his first novel "Sacred Trust".
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2011 Washday - An Homage to an American Tradition; available from Amazon.com
2015, Asquamchumaukee - Place of Mountain Waters; available from Amazon.com
2017 A Spot on the Porch, Rumney and the Baker Valley; available from Amazon.com
2017 Sacred Trust (Novel) available from Amazon.com
2021 New Hampshire - A Love Story; available from Amazon.com
Awards, Honors, Shows
1980 Boston Globe Annual Photography Contest, Honorable Mention - Michigan Washline
1982 New Hampshire Arts Association Juried Exposition: On the Vineyard
1995 Fisher Gallery, Plymouth, NH One Man Show “The World I See”
1997 The Artist's Showcase, Tilton, NH Invitational Show of Five Artists
2001 One Man Show - Society for the Protection of NH Forests (Forest Society) Concord, NH
2013 Selected for Conservation Artist Award
2014 Visiting Artist - Artistic Roots Gallery, Plymouth, NH
2014 “Coming About”, International Exhibition; CHANCERY ART GALLERY, Bracebridge, ON, CANADA; Images: Mallet’s Bay Panorama, Sailors Return
2014 Third Coast Annual National Art Competition, K Space Contemporary Gallery, Corpus Christie, TX;
2014 Best of Show, Bronze award, NH Arts Association Juried Show, Sunapee: "The Gathering Day"
2015 Juried Show, National, “Food For Thought” Dehn Gallery, Manchester, CT 06040; Image: Painted Fungus image
2015 Juried Show, National, Linus Gallery, Los Angeles, CA: Image: The Painted Highlander
2015 Juried Show, Regional, “Healing with Art”: Friends of the Norris Cotton Cancer Center, Manchester & Lebanon, NH; Images: Raining Umbrellas, Joy in the Splash Zone.
2016 One Man Show, "Motion, Moments, Movements & Mindscapes - Gathering Around the Hearth of Our Lives", Regional, Dartmouth Hitchcock Memorial Hospital,
2016 Juried Show, Regional, "Focus on the Figure" North River Arts Society, Marshfield, MA, Best in Show "Facing the Island"
2016 Juried Show, Abstracts, National, UrbanRiche Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, Finalist (1 of 5), "Chevy on the Rez"
2017 New Hampshire Art's Association Invitational Exhibit, Regional, Eastman Community Center, Eastman NH
2017 Juried Show, Regional, "Focus on the Figure" North River Arts Society, Marshfield, MA, Honorable Mention "The Vineyard", "Into the Mist"
2017 One Planet One Home Invitational Show, Kehler Liddell Gallery in New Haven, CT
2017 One Person Show, Lincoln NH Public Library
2017 One Person Show; Byron G. Merrill Library, Rumney, NH
2018 Mixed Media Images and Poetry on Climate Change: The Fictional Cafe
2018 1st Place in Still Life Competition Bauhaus Prairie Art Gallery - "Spring's Dance of Form"
2019 8th Place All Colors Competition - Contemporary Art Gallery Online - Annapolis MD, "Speak to the Sky"
2020 July: Third Coast Biennial Exhibition International competition, K Space Contemporary, 415D Starr Street, Corpus Christi, TX 78403. Image: Home Before the Storm
2020 December: Small Works, Big Talent Competition, Las Laguna Gallery, 577 S. Coast Highway A-1, Laguna Beach, CA 92651. Image: Autumn Colors on the Deck.
2021 June: Juror's Choice Award, New York Center for Photographic Art (NYC4PA) Wandering Curves Exhibition; "Blue Hellebore Dreams"
April 2022: Three montages combining photographic art and poetry chosen for inclusion in a poetry anthology to be published by The Fictional Café in their second Fictional Café Anthology, The Strong Stuff: The Best of Fictional Café, Volume II.
2022 November: "In Sync in Senegal" chosen for 27th issue of Artistonish International Arts magazine.
2023 "Blue Hellebore Dreams" chosen for inclusion in “Artistonish” Contemporary Art Magazine 30th Issue - January 2023.
2023 January: "The Rose and the Head Dress" artwork will be exhibited and published by Gallerium Art Exhibitions and in The Book of Arts: SHAPES and COLORS publication of Gallerium Art Exhibitions. The exhibition opens in the evening of February 20, 2023, and will continue until March 25, 2023. The Book of Arts publication will start in Spring 2023
"The Monkey Wrench Gang Meets the Third Industrial Revolution"
King’s most recent book, “Sacred Trust”, A vicarious, high voltage adventure to stop a private powerline has been published on Amazon.com as an ebook with the paper edition due soon.
Described by one reader as "The Monkey Wrench Gang Meets the Third Industrial Revolution" the book is a fictional account of a fight to stop a powerline proposed by a private consortium, employing creative civil disobedience in the traditions of Alinsky, Thoreau and the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King.
In the book, Sasha Brandt, an Iroquois woman from Canada who travels with her companion, a white wolf named Cochise, meets Daniel Roy, a guide and outdoorsman while hiking the Mahoosuc Range of the Appalachian Trail. The two find themselves unexpectedly camping together on Lake Umbagog with a group of unlikely compatriots including a former olympic paddler, a deer farmer, a retired spook who was the first US victim of Lyme disease and an iconoclast named Thomas (just Thomas) who lives in multiple backwoods abodes in the Great North Woods and rides a moose named Metallak. The campsite itself is said to have been frequented by the Indian medicine woman Moll Ockett in the early days of the American Republic.
They find, in short order, that they have one very important thing in common - a deep concern about a proposed private power transmission line proposed to transport electricity from Canada to the toney suburbs of Boston, New York, Connecticut, Philadelphia and Washington D.C. The book is vicariously loosely based on the battle over the Northern Pass Powerline.