Kit King’s Hyperrealistic Portraits Are Simply Incredible

With both parents being artists, you could say painter Kit King was born into it. “Art is life,” states King in an interview with Jung Katz. “Art is my breath, my escape, my happy place. Art is my own safe haven in a hectic world. It’s where I go to hide from it all, and is also where I go to enjoy it all.”

The Bahamian-Canadian contemporary artist is an undeniable master when it comes to realistic paintings, with her emotionally-charged hyperrealistic portraits looking more like photographs than paintings. But incredibly enough, her techniques were learned through trial and error, having received no formal training through art school.

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That time I spent forever painting a two second scribble over a fully rendered painting of my sister. ALSO I t’s my sister @koko_king_01 ‘s birthday today. As you can see she’s been one of my muses from my very first solo exhibit to my latest work and peppered in between. Not only a source of inspiration for my creative practice but also an inspiration in my life’s practice. She may be my little sister but she has taught me a great deal on how to navigate this life. She’s helped me ease up when I maaaay be being a little too anal. She’s shown me how to forgive. But I think most important is she’s shown me we are all capable of changing to be the humans we wish ourselves to be. I’ve never seen a human being make such tremendous strides to be a better human. No one so quick to admit their faults and let go of ego and be receptive to change. You continue to grow into an incredible human being, and each year I become even more proud that you’re such a mega part of my life. I’m privileged to share so much of this journey with you watching my six. I love you poops. Keep doing you. 🖤 (She’s also mega talented and she’s doing a giveaway where the winner is whoever is making the most meaningful/impactful change to better this world! She’s keeping tabs on hundreds of entries to see who is really trying to do their part for this planet. I mean how fkn amazing is that!)

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“I’m sure you can learn a ton from art school, but it depends on what you want to take from art, and where you want to go with it that should determine whether or not it’s for you,” says King. “For me, I couldn’t imagine being ‘taught’ art. It’s one of the only free things in this world and I’ve personally gained so much from having the artistic process be 100% my own journey, untainted from outside influence.”

Exhibited around the world in galleries and museums throughout Canada and the United States, as well as the United Kingdom, Germany, Mexico, Australia, and the United Arab Emirates, King’s art deserves the hype. With more than 340k followers on Instagram, she has also won several awards, with her work being found in both private and public collections worldwide including the MET’s publication collection.

“Whether I make it big, or die a nobody, I spent my life doing what I loved, and I didn’t need student debt to make that possible,” says King. Now there’s a message we can stand behind.

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