Keith King | Fragments from a Gigantomachy 1
pencil on prepared gessoed board, 73 x 54,8 cm, 2020

These are works produced in response to COVID. The inspiration comes form the Altar of Zeus in Berlin, which shows a Gigantomachy (a battle between the Gods and the Giants), in particular the figure of a Giant being held by his hair. The works ended up as presentation drawings because of the restrictions of lockdown.

These are works produced in response to COVID. The inspiration comes form the Altar of Zeus in Berlin, which shows a Gigantomachy (a battle between the Gods and the Giants), in particular the figure of a Giant being held by his hair. The works ended up as presentation drawings because of the restrictions of lockdown.

The process of gesso-ing and sanding back the finish on these boards to a smooth surface made them seem to me almost like sculpture. The lovely hard finish of the surface is perfect for the use of pencil and the subject matter allowed forms to flow freely across the surface.

As the series developed, the hair became an increasingly important element of the structure, creating waves of pattern in the drawings, and suggesting links between the veins in the arms and the strands of hair. The hands became both things that help and things that hinder, and I tried to show both the tenderness and the violence of the encounter.