Sonny King opens at Silver’s Circus at La Luz de Jesus Oct 7


Sonny King – Silver’s Circus
Showing with Jim Blanchard
October 7 – 30, 2016
Opening Reception, Friday October 7, 8-11 PM
La Luz de Jesus Gallery
4633 Hollywood Blvd,
Los Angeles, CA 90027

Sonny King – Silver’s Circus
Inspired by a childhood that was split between a strict Australian boarding school and the colorful environment of the circus where his father worked, Sonny King creates vibrant renditions of big-top life that take viewers back in time. His work captures beautifully the bustling activity and energy of the circus, offering perspectives from both inside and outside the tent in scenes that are dramatic, dynamic, and carefully arranged. Delightfully animated figures–aerialists, clowns, and enthusiastic show-goers–inhabit his three-dimensional creations and paintings. Each scene reflects King’s eye for specifics, as he lavishly embellishes every section of a work. A love of bold colors and experimental lighting are distinctive of his style.

Other subjects, including small-town life, have inspired Sonny to create lively, folksy dioramas. On his thoughtfully rendered presentations, telling moments come together in ways that are touching yet never overly sweet. His work pays tribute to the past without hovering in sentimentality. Several of the pieces in this exhibition were part of a mini-retrospective at the California Folk Art Museum, and his animatronic Ferris Wheel is sure to satisfy Carny fans of all ages.


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