orn in Dublin, Kenneth King was commissioned into the Royal Navy as a Chaplain and served in the Arctic, Atlantic, Mediterranean and Far East waters. He began painting full-time in 1976, specialising in the naval and merchant shipping of Ireland, together with the country' coastline and lighthouses.

His work has been commissioned by State and Private sector shipping interests, by the R.N.L.I., An Post, B.I.M., and the Office of Public Works. His works are also to be found in the collections of the Irish Navy, the Marine Institute, Shannon Estuary Ports, Killybegs' Fishermen's Organisation and the Maritime Institute of Ireland as well as in numerous private collections both at home and abroad.

Having exhibited annually at the Wexford Festival Opera for many years and at the Art Fair each November in the RDS since 2001, he now confines himself to exhibiting his work throughout the year at his studio-gallery.

Married with a family, Kenneth King lives and works in Glencolmcille, Co. Donegal,  not far from the premier fishing port of Killybegs. From an artistic background, his father was the late Richard J. King, Stained-glass artist and Designer. He is a member of the Maritime Institute of Ireland and Visual Artists Ireland. He also directed the Oideas Gael School of Marine Painting in Glencolmcille for many years.


Recent Theme Exhibitions

2014 'Vitality of the Sea' exhibition of marine oils, Sirius Arts Centre, Cobh, Co. Cork.

2013 'Kenneth King: Saol agus Saothar' - An Gailearaí, Na Doirí Beaga, Co Dhún na nGall

- marking the launch of the book Kenneth King: Life and Work by Marianne O'Kane Boal.

2012 'Bound for Blue Water' - an exhibition of marine oils, Rosses Point, Co. Sligo.

2009 Irish Shipping Commemorative Exhibition - National Maritime College of Ireland, Cork

2005 Of Ships and Lights, Sirius Arts Centre, Cobh, Co. Cork



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All works on this website (c) Kenneth King 2009 - 2019