Peter King – A neglected figure in ’50s British Sculpture

Published in: Sculpture Journal, Vol. 18.1, 2009, pp. 100-111

Peter King was my father. Thanks go to the AHRC for funding research into his life and work, leading to the digitisation of his works for VADS. I also have my own site dedicated to life and work. Peter King site.

This paper presents the life, work, and context of British sculptor Peter King (1928-1957). His untimely death meant that he has been largely omitted from the history of 1950s British art, but recent discoveries of missing works, diaries, photographic plates, and other memorabilia indicate the significance of his work for the period. He was undoubtedly a prolific artist, whose exceptional talent was recognised by Henry Moore, who appointed him as his assistant along with Anthony Caro. King was part of a group of artists associated with Moore’s studio, with the teaching team at St Martin’s School of Art, with artists living at the Abbey Art Centre in London, and with Victor Musgrave’s Gallery One in Soho. He received the Boise Travelling Scholarship and funding from the BFI for an animated film, and exhibited the film and his work across Europe before succumbing to a blood-poisoning at the age of twenty-nine.


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