Last month there was an exhibition of recent works by the English sculptor Richard King in the Apothiki Art Gallery.
This was a rare chance to see Richard's work. His last exhibition was in Naoussa in 1999.
Four recent works were shown, none of which had been seen before.
These were "Disc Form/Ripples" in black marble from Belgium, "Iris Form" in white marble from Thassos, "Calla Lilly/Flame" in white Pentelic marble and "Hibiscus Form/Emerging" in white marble from Naxos.
"Iris" represented an enormous amount of work, as Richard started last winter with a solid block of white marble from Thassos weighing 320 kilos and carved it thinly down to 32 kilos to create the beautiful form that you see in the picture.
Richard was born in Cheshire, England in 1956 and educated at Sedbergh School, Millfield School and Birmingham Univer-sity where he obtained an honours degree in English Literature and Philosophy. After a brief stint as an account executive with a London advertising agency, he moved to Paros in 1980. He began carving marble in 1983 and is autodidact. His work is predominantly in marble, though he has also carved in granite and wood.
Over one hundred of his sculptures are part of private collections in Greece and throughout Europe (Italy, France, Monaco, Switzerland, England, Ireland, Wales, Germany, Austria, Sweden) and as far afield as Israel, the Bahamas and several in the United States. A number of his works are part of a large corporate collection of Twentieth Century Art (The Celebrity Art Collection - Celebrity Cruises).
Anyone interested to see more of his work can do so on his website www.richard-king.net or visit him at his home - by appointment only. Tel: 22840 91735 or 694 666 7359.