When it comes to hyper-realistic art, the wonderfully talented artist Kit King is a great example of what can be done when it comes to your creativity and ideas. King is a Bahamian Canadian artist who creates large-scale hyperrealist works. Her pieces are often shredded and rearranged to influence the ways in which they are perceived.

Given the chance, Fashion Life reached out to the artist.

“Both my parents were artists, so art is something I was raised with as a fundamental part of life. It’s more of a mind state—a way of being and seeing the world around you more than it is something that one does.

I don’t have any set thing that inspires me. I feel existence itself is an inspiration. Everything from the physical aspects of life, such as the way light hits something, to the metaphysical aspects of life, such as the human condition, inspires me. Often I like to pull elements from the tangible and intangible world and try to create a new space that combines them.

There is no shortage of inspiration. It engulfs me. Every day I feel the surge of inspiration and desire to create move through me. I don’t know life without this. Art is life. Or more so—life is art, and I’m just one tiny tendril of this.”

 

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#1

Here's A Better Look At The Finished Oil Painting. No Filters, No Editing.
oil On #trekellartsupplies Wood Panel 20"X20" 🎨
anyone Have Name Suggestions For This Piece?
a Three Way Collaboration Painted By Myself, My Hubby @oda.paints And Our Student For The Month @coltstattoos

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Jackson Floof
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4 days ago

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*Grandpa falling noises*

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#2

Fun New Painting I Just Finished Up. Fit With A Custom Hand Bent Steel Framework To Finish It Off.
i Love How The Hand Placement Becomes More Of A Playful Composition When Paired With The Steel Frame- I Mean How Playful Is That Ear?!
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oil Dry Brush On Clear Gessoed Belgian Linen 48”x45” With Custom Hand Bent Blackened Steel Framework By @corey.oda.popp

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Joe Mama
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4 days ago

That's beautiful!

#3

#wip
so I Woke Up W/ My Eye All Gnarly The Other Morning. Told My Hubs To Snap A Photo W/ The Nikon. We Thought It Looked Really Neat And Would Be Fun To Paint.... So We Are 😁 Sill Have A Ton To Go. But @oda.paints And I Are Having A Blast Working On Our First Hyperrealistic Collaboration.

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#4

Pleased To Announce I’ll Be Exhibiting My Painting “Horse To Water” At @seattleartfair This Year With @hallspassov Gallery.
swipe To See How Tens Of Thousands Of Individually Painted Hairs Came Together To Make This Piece.

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Joe Mama
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4 days ago

I love horses!

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#5

Throughout The Years I’ve Explored Various Art Media And The Many Techniques And Approaches To Each. The One I Keep Going Back To Seems To Raise The Most Questions: Oil Dry Brush On Clear Gessoed Linen. This Has Become My Signature Media Over The Years, And Is Often Mistaken For Charcoal Drawing On Toned Paper. Hard To Tell From A Little Square Photo On A Small Screen, But The Difference Between Them Is Felt In Person. In An Effort To Demystify This Approach (I Get So Many Dm Questions Pertaining To) I’ve Been Going Through The Process Of What’s Involved In One Of My Works And I’ve Turned It Into A Highlight On My Profile.
breaking Down The Process, How To Correct Errors, How I See The Subject, And All Captured In Oil Paint On Linen.
this Medium Is Not Forgiving! You Cannot Paint Over It, And You Cannot Erase It. So If You Make A Mistake You Have To Really Push Yourself Creatively To Find Ways To Fix Them. It Is The One Approach That Destroys My Body More Than Any Other. You Need To Work Fast To Lift Paint Out, And Not Let It Set Until It’s Just Right. You Need Quick Hand Movements To Blend Smoothly. It Takes A Massive Tole On Me Physically (Have To Ice My Hands And Wrists After Each Session), But I’m Obsessed With It As A Medium. I Love The Pressure Of No Error Margine. I Love The Way It Forces Me To See And Think Creatively In Terms Of Process And Not Just Subject. I Love That It Is Both Loose And Refined At The Same Time. I Can Be Very Stubborn And Obsessive And Yes, A Control Freak, And This Medium Forces Me To Be More Malleable When Things Don’t Go My Way. It Teaches Me Adaptability. It Gives Me A Unique Push And Pull Relationship With The Artwork. I Can Never Force My Way On It, It Has To Happen How It’s Going To Happen. Sometimes The Medium We Choose To Create In Isn’t For The End Result. Sometimes It’s For The Pure Joy Of Process.
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crop Of Current Work In Progress. Oil On Clear Gessoed Belgian Linen.

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Jackson Floof
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4 days ago

k e w l

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#6

Soooooo Close To Being Finished, Just Blurring The Edges And Blending The Shadows With My @trekell_art_supplies Mop Brush. And Will Do Some Glazing When It's Dry. Calling It Quits For Tonight, Before I Fall Apart. It's Been A Crazy Long Last Four Days Of Next To No Sleep, Painting Like A Madman.
i Also Realized Today That I've Been Oil Painting For Exactly One Year! 😳 🎉🎉🎉what An Insane Journey This Year Has Been. I've Learnt So Much. Can't Wait To See What The Future Years Bring.

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Hello!
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4 days ago

That looks so amazing! I wish I could draw like that! T^T

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#7

🔴pastel On Paper.

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Poopinunicorn
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4 days ago

This is very abstract but really cool in a way

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#8

O P H E L I A 🔴
oil Dry Brush On Clear Gessoed Linen With Custom Hand Bent Blackened Steel Framework.
50”x45”
wanted To Play Around With Framework That Is An Extension Of The Painting Itself And Have Fun With Form And Convention.

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Hello!
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4 days ago

WOW

#9

Details And Daylight
#oilpainting 🌞👐🎨

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Sharaban Roza
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3 days ago

First of all, this is soooooo sweet! Second, am I the first to comment on this? If I am that's cool

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#10

"Artist Block"
20"X20" Oil On Linen
do You Ever Just Want To Punch Your Canvas And Say F*%# You! ?
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so This Will Now Be My Painting For The #paintguide Show At @theunitlondon
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i've Actually Painted Five Pieces For This Show Before This One, That All Got Tossed. Reasons Spanning From Legal Issues, Personal Screw UPS, To Damage From Kitties. 😑😣😔
soooo After Weeks Wasted, I Was Extremely Frustrated And Couldn't Think Of A New Piece To Paint For This Show. And I Was Running Out Of Days To Do It. For The First Time In My Life I Experienced Artist Block... I Didn't Know How To Combat This... I Asked My Husband Angrily "Can I Just Paint A Giant Middle Finger... B/C That's How I Feel Right Now".... And So I Did Just That.
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any Of You Guys Relate To This? How Do You Combat Artist Block?
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ps- My Knuckles Are Red B/C I Actually Punched Through A Canvas To Take The Reference Photo. That, My Friends, Is My Idea Of 'Art Therapy' 😆

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Ms.M.
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4 days ago

I concur

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#11

'facelift'
#amiprettyyet?
sometimes We Go To Extremes To Disfigure Ourselves, Only To Refigure Ourselves To Someone Else's Standards.
my Question To You Is- How Much Is Too Much?
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oil On Linen Wrapped Birch Gallery Panel.
painted By Myself @kit_king And My Hubby @oda.paints
this Piece Will Be Displayed At The @lastritesgallery Group Show 'Transfigure' Between August 22nd- October 3rd 2015.
be Sure To Check It Out If You're In The NY, NY Area.

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#12

'the Girl Made Of Many'
for This Painting, I Took A Model I Have Painted In The Past, But I Changed Every Feature Of Her Face. I Wanted To Examine What Makes The Likeness Of A Person. (Anyone That Has Ever Created A Portrait Knows What I'm Talking About....) I Kept The Structure Of The Face, While Changing The Eyes, Nose, Lips, And Chin To That Of Other People With Various Ethnicities, Ages, Backgrounds. I Assumed That I Would Wind Up With A Completely Different Looking Person, But Interestingly Discovered That Even With Changing All Her Features For That Of Others, She Was Still Undeniably Her. That The Foundation For Which These Features Lay, And Their Precise Measurements From One Another Is Where Likeness Resides.
this Was A Super Fun Experiment That Gave Me Great Insight To Portraiture And How To Move Forward When Trying To Capture Likeness In The Future.
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oil On Linen Hand Cut And Hand Riveted To Custom Aluminum Support.
email Me For Purchase Info Info@kitkingart.com

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jazz
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3 days ago

Oh wow that's trippy

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#13

"Raw"
30"X24"
oil On Linen
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new Piece The Hubs @oda.paints And I ( @oda_and_king ) For The The 5th Annual @supersonicart Invitational Opening January 9th, 2016 At @spoke_art
#supersonicart 🍴
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edit:
this Is Not A Sculpture! It Is A Flat Painting. The Shadows Are Painted. Everything You See Is Painted.

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jazz
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3 days ago

Oh wow

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#15

Just Need To Varnish It To Even Out The Darks (Looks A Bit Patchy With The Drying Black Oil Paint Turning Grey, And The Blacks Don’t Have Their Full Depth Yet. So Ignore That... Will Be Smoother Après Varnish) But The Custom Steel Frame Is On! “Five Lies”
oil On Clear Gessoed Belgian Linen With Custom Hand Made Steel Frame With Black Patina.
diptych. 85”x60”
so Excited With How This One Turned Out. The Photos And Video Don’t Do It Justice. So Much Better In Person.

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Susan Green
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3 days ago

So realistic looking.

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#16

A Little Sneak Peek To What You'll Find At Beinart Gallery Later This Year 🙊
the Hubs (@oda.paints) And I Have A Show Coming Up In November With The Talented @pammyw222

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Amelia Earhart
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3 days ago

Disturbing, familiar, complex and amazing... and I haven't even started on the technical skill! I am so wounded by this image, my heart also rent apart, leaving me the only witness.

#17

Drawing With Rubbish Pencils.

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Sharaban Roza
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3 days ago

I won't lie, that's pretty cool!

#19

🎨 Oil On Linen.

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Hello!
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4 days ago

This one is SOO realistic!

#21

O P H E L I A II 🔴
oil Dry Brush On Clear Gessoed Belgian Linen With Custom Hand Bent Blackened Steel Frame.
40”x48”
wanted To Play Around With Framework That Is An Extension Of The Painting Itself & Have A Little Fun With Form And Convention.

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Misha the Multitasker
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3 days ago

Beautiful.

#26

"I Felt Lied To"
oil On Linen, Sliced Up, Reconfigured, And Riveted To Steel And Aluminum Support.
36"X58"
• I Painted This Piece And Cut It Into Strips As A Way Of Dissecting And Reconfiguring How We Address Cultural Identity Through The Lens Of Diversity In 2017. We Are Seeing Canadian Citizens With Colourful Backgrounds At The Front Lines Of A Cultural Rift As A Result Of Political Runoff While We Contend To Remain A Country True To It's Foundations Of Multiculturalism. This Displacement Is Entering The Relationships We Are Not Just Forming, But Affecting The Relationships Already Established Between Citizens, And We Can Witness The Face Of Diversity Changing As A Result. "I Felt Lied To" Exposes Cultural Identity Issues Through The Portrait Of A Lebanese Canadian Who Has Lost Loved Ones As A Result Of The Shift In Diversity Norms. The Painting Dissected, And Reconfigured Is A Literal Depiction Of The Shift Her Identity Has Taken In The Recent Year- The Shift In How She's Viewed, And As She Views Herself As She Reevaluates Her Background And What It Means In Terms Of Being A Canadian Citizen, And How This Forms Her Cultural Identity.
"(She) Was Talking About My People, Where My Family Is From- It Was So Hateful. What Could I Do?... It's Hard To Imagine I Lost A Decade Of Friendship Over This. She Always Said I Was Like A Sister. I Felt Lied To."

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Misha the Multitasker
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3 days ago

missing pieces.

#30

My Piece "Dimensional Analogue", From My Solo. Email Info@kitkingart.com

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leia's emotional cupcake
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3 days ago

that looks sooo cooool.

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#32

⚪️ ⚪️ ⚪️ F L O A T I N G
oil And Acrylic On Clear Gessoed Linen.
catch This Painting At My Solo Show ‘The Donkeys Belly’ Opening Sept 28th At @galerie_benjamin_eck In Munich, Germany.
please Email The Gallery For Any Acquisition Deets. ✌️

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jazz
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3 days ago

That looks amazing!!

#34

Aaaand The Final Painting Once Fully Assembled.
"Cori With An I'
oil On Linen, Cut Up And Riveted To An Aluminum And Steel Support.
56"X36.25"
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you Can See This Piece In Person At The @seattleartfair Beginning Of Next Month. Keep An Eye Out For The @youn_gallery Booth. Email Info@galerieyoun.com For Acquisition Info. 👍🏾
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big Thanks To My Stunning Husband @oda.paints For Being My Muse🖤

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Sandy Murphey
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2 days ago

Self portrait? Any pictures of your muse husband?

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#47

Help!
i Need A Title For This New Painting. Any Suggestions?
(Also You Can Swipe To See The Awkward Progress. They Always Look So Horrible Before The Final Days. #trusttheprocess)
oil On Aluminum
36"X53"
this Piece Will Be At @zonamaco With @youn_gallery
contact Galerie Youn For Acquisition Info. 👍

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Sandy Murphey
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2 days ago

Muse husband?

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