King - Straid Studio
View Kennth's work...
Phone: 074 9730126
About the Artist
Born 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’s 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 directs the Oideas Gael School
of Marine Painting in Glencolmcille in
July each year. View more of Kennth's work...
10am – 6pm May – September Daily
At other times on request
Phone: 074 9730126
How to Find Straid Studio
From the Church of Ireland, proceed seawards and take right turn at junction.
The gallery is the first on the left.
From Cashel village, proceed seawards and take acute right turn before fire
station and then sharp left after launderette. Follow road over bridge and
take left turn at junction. The gallery is first on the left.
From the Artist
"From my earliest years I was always fascinated by the sea, shipping and lighthouses.
When I began painting full-time, the inherent beauty of ships, the sea in its
various moods and the coast became my subject matter.
Although most of the commissioned work is in relation to shipping, I always
like to loosen up with coastal seascapes and, here, in Glencolmcille, we have
an awe inspiring coastline... of incredible beauty when the weather is good
and dramatic when Atlantic gales and heavy seas lash the shore and headlands.
Robert Lloyd Praeger (1865-1953), Botanist and one-time President of the Royal
Irish Academy, in his great work "The Way That I Went" says this:
"If you want to visit one of the finest
stretches of coast in Ireland, stay at Glencolmcille,
and explore not only the Slieve League side,
but also the northern shore towards and past
None of us will disagree with that statement!
I am privileged to live and work within sight and sound of the sea in this
lovely and ancient corner of Ireland."