We are delighted to announce a Unique Collaboration between Gallery Artist KEVIN KING and Jewelry Designer KAREN KERTESZ resulting in eight necklaces that present original oil paintings set in precious metals and gem stones. Each piece will be sold to benefit entirely GLOBAL CHILDREN CAMBODIA
Wednesday, October 19 at 6 PM – 7:30 PM
Jason McCoy Gallery
41 E 57th St, New York, New York 10022
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GLOBAL CHILDREN CAMBODIA is a New York based non-profit organization helping Cambodian children through education. Founded by Laura Sackler Tancredi in 2000, it aims to improve the welfare of orphaned young adults through education, and the opportunity to both cultivate their knowledge and skills, and share their loving spirit with Cambodia’s future generations.
KEVIN KING’s paintings mirror his fascination with various life forms and objects. He is a collector, who seeks earthly conundrums, be it in the shape of a dried poppy capsule, an insect’s metallic armor or an exotic bird. In his work, he frames these collectibles as what they are: glimpses of the sublime. By rendering them in oil on copper, King pays homage to his subjects and provides them with new life and longevity. Over the years, he has assembled a vast collection of found and gifted objects that are stored in his studio. Butterflies with spread wings, tree branches, seeds and beetles, for example, are carefully kept in boxes, waiting to be re-discovered in and even re-invented through painting. King pulls from this “archive” to create otherworldly compositions, in which creatures and plant life are fused together in harmony. His compositions are complex and show an incredible devotion to detail and nuance.
KAREN KERTESZ is known for her intricate work with metal and precious stones. Her fascination with nature began in childhood, growing up in a woodsy town in Connecticut. After working with renowned designers, Karen is now producing her own unique collections. She states: “People instinctively respond with pleasure to certain uncontrived natural forms, such as a flower in bloom. Enticed by nature’s inherent beauty, interacting with seeds or a twig becomes and intimate process, inspiring my desire to create sculptural adornments for the body. The pieces are meant to be sketches of nature. Rather than literal translations, they are organic, gestural and whimsical. Incorporating dynamic structural nuances and miniscule details, the work captivates the viewer to take a closer look. I hope to engage the wearer through color and form and evoke a sense of nostalgia from one’s personal experience with the natural environment.”