The Path of a Fine Artist
Kue King (b. 1981) took to art as his first language. As a 6-year-old Filipino immigrant, Kue struggled between his old and new language. As he got older he found his true language in art. Creating gave him the voice he needed to be understood.
Kue’s fascination of nature and balance pushed him to study the world around him. At age 13, Kue presents his earliest portfolio to Douglass Anderson School of the Arts. After his third year in high school, Kue found mentors in both blacksmithing and interior design. Kue’s early mentors nurture his sole dedication to his craft with opportunities in design, fabrication, and teaching him what it takes to be an artist.
At 23, as his final Jacksonville performance, Kue orchestrates a one man show of installation environments, lighting, sculpture, and dance. This show allows Kue to take a leap of faith and relocate to Hawaii to focus on developing his artistic explorations into mastered skills.
In the quiet providence of Hilo bay, Kue found the solitude to discover and explore his potential. In Kona, he found a mentor and patron in famed architect Lucky Bennett.
The Path Continues
Moving to San Francisco at 25, Kue takes his Hawaiian studies and develops a refined collection of fine art tree sculpture. Kue reemerges at the legendary Gump’sin Union Square. With the bay as his playground, Kue and his partner Corbett taught each other to sail. At 32, again seeking solace and a creative sabbatical, Kue embarks on a yearlong residence on the coast of Ecuador. In this time Corbett cruised the Caribbean in a small sailboat, eventually meeting up with Kue to develop his new collection.
The couple sails back together from South America for Art Basel 2012. With Kue’s Ecuadorian collection here emerges into the art world yet again.
Since returning to the United States, King settled into the rejuvenating mountains of Tennessee. He currently travels extensively and shows in major cities all over the world.
In two short years, Kue has won awards and found museum placements. He estimates that over a million people have experienced his Abstract collection thus far.
The Source of Inspiration
The simplicity of wire and the utility of sacred intersection of line and curve inspires Kue to build his art. His travels take him to the far reaches of the earth to explore life, design, and architecture. Through his study of design, Kue seeks to build art that is easy to live with and breaks the cycle of mundane daily chaos into a cycle of tranquility and constant inspiration.
Through his craft, Kue breathes sacredness into the fibers of his sculpture, creating work with vibration and resonance. He believes that through art we humans can reach divinity.
Artistry and magic, the embedding of emotion by forming tangible objects is my meditative technical process. There is a moment when what I create reaches a point so true to my vision that in that very tiny little fragment of time, a feeling of perfection is achieved.
A recent personal experience: Fingers tying and twisting away over the last few bundles on a special piece I’ve been working on since winter. Looking down over my work, my eyes cloud over and I see droplets falling through metal branches. I was with nature at the moment and time stood still. I don’t know where it came from, but in that portal marked a personal evolution. Great works of art are forever embedded with gratitude.
When I place work in gorgeous homes, they are transformed into symbolic representation of the collectors lives. My work has its own destiny. I have been gifted years of self-exploration with my work and time to create art for arts sake. Now, I feel that the work is mine through the process alone, and then it’s free to live its own story. I am simply a vessel, dancing with muses to create pieces that honor such times as the crossing over of a loved-one, beating a deadly illness, a marriage, or a new child. Often the work holds such intensions. I am honored to grow into the long-standing tradition of the sacredness in art.