Photo: Dorthe Scheffman

Virginia King



Virginia King draws attention to the fragility and the vulnerability of the Earth’s eco-systems by abstracting and magnifying the complexity of natural forms. Her artworks are informed by mythology, history, science and literature. Over the past 30 years she has created artworks to focus attention on the environment, and creates her sculptures using recycled timber, paper, stone and stainless steel. A pivotal experience that changed the direction of her artwork practice was being awarded an Antarctic Artist Fellowship in 1999

King travelled to Antarctica to explore her interest in the micro-sphere and to meet scientists who shared her passion. Their subsequent electron microscope images informed her exhibition of sculpture and video, Antarctic Heart, that toured public galleries in New Zealand and Australia between 2001 and 2008.

International Residencies / Exhibitions / Projects:

Invited Artist, Cottesloe 2015 Sculpture Project; Resident Artist, Holualoa Art and Cultural Centre, Big Island, Hawaii 2011; Current, Contemporary Oceanic Artists, October Gallery, 2011 London; Distinguished Invited Artist, Sculpture by the Sea, Tamarama, 2010 Sydney; The Great Journey, Kaohsiung Museum, 2009 Taiwan. ‘Rising Sea- Floating Land’ Symposium, Lake Cootharaba, Queensland 2009. The Maui Dynasty, the Fifth Contemporary Art Exhibition, Goodman-Suter Gallery, Nelson 2008-09


Selected Public Commissions include:

Wakatipu Vessel, Queenstown, New Zealand 2015; Willinga Plume, Canberra Airport, 2014; Heart of Oak, Ohinetahi, Governors Bay, Canterbury 2014; Prelude, Centennial Sculpture, St Matthews Collegiate, Masterton 2014; Woman of Words, Katherine Mansfield Sculpture, Lambton Quay, Wellington 2011-2013; Hinaki- Guardian, Hobsonville Wharf, Auckland 2013; The David Lange Memorial, Otahuhu, Auckland 2008; Reed Vessel, Docklands Park, Melbourne 2002-2004; Oioi Bridge, Connells Bay Centre for Sculpture, Waiheke Island 2002; Koru and Raupo Rattler, 2001 Brick Bay, Matakana; Aramarama Millennium Footbridge, Mission Bay, Auckland 2000; The Rewarewa Creek Footbridge, Waitakere City 1997.



Peoples Choice Award, Woman of Words, Civic Trust Awards, Wellington 2015; Peoples Choice Awards at headland Sculpture on the Gulf, Waiheke Island: Lookout/Pacific Radiolaria 2011; Nautilus Whispers, 2007 and Matiatia Frond, 2003; Peoples Choice Award, Botanic Gardens Exhibition Pupu Harakeke, 2008, Manurewa, Auckland; NZIA Award, Rewarewa Creek Footbridge, Waitakere, Auckland 1997.