Gillian King is a painter and art educator from Winnipeg, Manitoba and recent MFA Graduate from the University of Ottawa (2016). King is the winner of the RBC Emerging Artist Award 2017 as well as the recipient of the 2017 Nancy Petry Award which funds her to live and work in Europe from late 2017 into early 2018.
King has shown in galleries nationally and internationally and has completed residencies at The Banff Centre (Banff, Ab) and Sparkbox Studios (Picton, On). In 2016, she exhibited work at PDA Projects (Ottawa, On) and Karsh-Masson Gallery (Ottawa, On) for the City of Ottawa Annual Acquisitions Exhibition 'Souvenirs' (November, 2016) as well as 'The Full Catastrophe' (March, 2016). King also exhibited a solo show entitled, Becoming Animal, at the Ottawa Art Gallery in August, 2016.
More recently, she exhibited 'Megacaldera', a solo show at the University of Marinette Wisconsin (Mar 8 - April 7, 2017) and participated in the group show entitled 'Peau' at La Maison des Artistes (Winnipeg, Mb / April 27 - May 27, 2017). In 2017 she was chosen as the Ontario representative in the Robert McLaughlin Gallery's 50th Anniversary Exhibition, 'Ab NEXT' (Oshawa, On / April 29 - Sept 3, 2017) featuring five emerging abstract painters from across Canada.
In late 2017, for the second consecutive year, King's work will be included in 'Longevity', the City of Ottawa Annual Acquisitions exhibition at Karsh-Masson Gallery. She looks forward to an independent artist residency at NES Artist Residency (Skagaströnd, Iceland / January- February, 2018) and a solo exhibition with PDA Projects (Ottawa, On / April, 2018).