This is the latest completed artwork for the Monarch Series that I have been working on out of my art studio in Wynwood. The series focuses on combination between nature and royalty. This particular artwork titled "Transformation" lends its overall form and design to the gold butterfly chrysalis and the concept is derived from the metamorphic process of our inner beingRead More
Zaha Hadid the Iraqi architect and also known as the Queen of Architecture was one of my greatest inspirations for most of my work. Hadid's death had an impact on me instantly as I was hoping to one day meet her. This artwork is tribute that incorporates some of the elements of her own building designs including her 1000 Museum building to be completed in Miami 2018.Read More
Nicaraguan artist Ivette Cabrera’s delicate drawings, women real and imagined elaborate headdresses. The black, white and red crowns transcend fashion trends and sovereign traditions, resembling weightless, geometric diagrams ― part botanical, part architectural ― that allude to the endless, blossoming potential of its wearers. They are material and immaterial, regal and boundless.Read More
This artwork is for the heroic warrior Joan of Arc.
Archival ink, marker, charcoal and gold leaf on paper
Just finished my latest drawing based off the historical Joan of Arc. She is also known as The Maid of Orleans, but she was a warrior who led an army so we'll give her a proper title "The Martyr of Orleans".
Joan of Arc was burned at the stake after leading an army of men to fight her to recover France from English domination late in the Hundred Years' War. The uncrowned King Charles VII sent Joan to the siege of Orléans as part of a relief mission. .
"The subjects for my work are women from various cultures. My research has led me to find important women who changed the course of history, sometimes by creating rituals to glorify certain women or by breaking all cultural barriers in a society that devalued their worth. As a woman, I feel that its important to represent and tell their story. In visual art, it is both important to convey powerful messages to the viewer and to represent a beauty which entices the viewer to search deeper. The subjects of my work are beautiful women. But what makes them beautiful is how we see the power of their presence reflected back at us". (woven tale press article here)
My work is a continuous rebellion against who society wants us to be vs. who we actually are and the battle has just begun.
Been working on a portrait of Zaha Hadid since she died last year. She was one of my biggest inspirations for architecture and art. Here's a short video I put together of the process of me adding some gold leaf to her portrait. Some of the stylistic elements in this artwork include designs from the 1000 Museum building in Miami.
After 4 years of actively working and living in my art studio in Wynwood Miami, I had to let it go this past December right before Art Basel 2016. For an artist the act of creating art can be very complicated. Many things have to be sacrificed in order to create, for me it was a reasonable living situation. The warehouse converted space was called Viophilia a word that described the obsession with art. We built the walls, we painted, we invited collaboration and in the end only the memories that were documented remained.
For years the derelict warehouse was home to loud underground ska parties, urban art pushers, a vintage pin-up model photo studio, a skate ramp, a colony of mice and at last a place where artists could envision a space and create interactive art installations, exhibits and even musical performances. While the space sometimes took the best of me with many sleepless nights from the police sirens roaring loud outside my window, it also took the best of my work and allowed me the time to focus intensely on my craft.
I met many new artists, embarked on a new path creating murals with an amazing partner and also attended the funeral wake of a local artist who was also struggling to make it in art. I look at space in a whole new light now, for it is not the space or location that makes development happen, but the people who inhabit that space that can make that space vibrate with life.
For now, Viophilia rests in peace, as a temple of creativity and its ruins lay scattered upon that concrete floor. I thank all those that made it what it was by giving their time and helping to make it what it was.
My latest inspiration comes from the young goddess women on Patan in Nepal. The tradition is based on the ideal that pre-pubescent girls considered to be the earthly manifestations of divine female energy, incarnations of the goddess known as Taleju, the Nepalese name for Durga.2 Selected as children, they live in temples, are carried in chariots during festivals and are worshipped by thousands of Hindus and Buddhists.Read More
Very honored to be featured in Mount Gay Rum's United in Craft series that featured some behind the scenes shot of me working on art and my Mural team The Color Dreamers.
Silent Art Auction 49 at Yellowstone Art Museum on March 4th, 2017
The exhibition culminates in our annual Fine Art Auction which consists of a silent auction, a live auction, a “Quick Draw,” and cocktails and heavy hors d’oeuvres, all within the beautiful background created by the museum’s spacious galleries. The auction begins Saturday, March 4, 2017 at 5 p.m. and features a catered dinner and dessert buffet. The Live Auction bidding begins at 7:30 p.m. and will include a raffle drawing. Advance tickets to the Art Auction event last year was $95 per person and $105 at the door.
Art Auction 49 exhibition will be on view:
January 19, 2017 – March 4, 2017
Artwork to be auctioned off is called Into the Light
Into the Light
10" x 19"
Archival ink, marker, graphite, and charcoal on toned paper.
Sacred Spring Series
Exhibited at Baker Museum in Naples Florida 2014. Currently at Silent Art Auction 49 for Yellowstone Art Museum on March 4, 2017.
“Into the Light” was inspired by the independent film Nena, directed by my friend Christi Arce. The movie follows a young girl who is molested by her father until she finally breaks free and moves on to a brighter future. My piece explores the concept of moving forward in life despite past circumstances. In the drawing, the woman faces the sun—the light. Her headdress is taller than before because she overcame the trials and tribulations of something young girls have experienced throughout the world. It was crucial to show her resilience—how resilient all women can be—so while the gesture of her head is strong, her face is gentle and at peace.
Created November 2013
If you want to find women that are doing big things in the art world, keep an eye out for these artists in Miami during Art Week.
Women struggle to get ahead in every industry, and the art world is no different. But this year's Miami Art Week offers a showcase of up and coming feminine talent that should be on your radar right now. Whether you’re an ardent feminist or simply someone looking to discover important art, follow our guide on the women to watch for at this year’s Art Basel and Miami Art Week.
Viophilia, an art collective and gallery started by three local women artists (Ivette Cabrera, Francy Freixas, and Natalia Molina), will be open and exhibiting works by their residents (many of which are also women) during Art Basel. The studio will also be working with Viu Gallery on a special exhibition Friday, Dec. 2nd from 9-10 p.m. Ms. Cabrera (one of Viophilia’s directors) will also be showcasing some of her work at the Art Beat Miami Satellite Fair.
Article can be found here
Excited to announce that my artwork will be featured in The Woven Tale Press for their December issue! The publication is a 13 year old publication with world wide distribution and a large network or artists, collectors and gallerist's.
Print is available here: http://www.magcloud.com/browse/issue/1198624
The last few weeks have been great! Not only have I moved my studio but I have been creating a new mural and shooting a commercial with Mount Gay Rum. Mount Gay Rum reached out to my partner and I for a national rum marketing campaign that focuses on my artwork and our murals for their #unitedincraft series. Their NYC and LA team came down to meet with us and their production team Stadium for a 2 day shoot. They treated us to a great storied supper at The Raleigh Hotel where they showed us how they perfect the craft of making their rum.
I was selected for Starry Night's "Artists to Look Out For" available December 2016 for Art Basel Miami. I'll be posting the link soon!Read More
Exhibit at Villa Paula: Guide to Collecting Affordable Works on Paper. Showcasing great Latin American Artists from Wilfredo Lam to Roberto Fabelo.Read More
Adaptation "A portfolio of Biological Futursim"
A solo exhibition of the drawings of artist Judith Berk King curated by Ivette Cabrera.
Opening Reception May 5, 2016 | 7pm-11pm
Exhibition Dates May 5-20, 2016
Viophilia is pleased to present Adaptation : A Portfolio of Biological Futurism, a solo exhibition of new works by artist Judith Berk King. Translated from the Journal of Biological Discovery, many years in the future: For millions of years, the earth has been undergoing a series of ‘extinctions’ as unsuccessful species have died out, their niches overwhelmed by successful contenders. We are currently undergoing a Sixth Extinction, and animals and plants will have to evolve quickly in order to survive. The drawings here represent a sample of species that might develop in response to our rapidly evolving ecosystems, or that might be created by deliberate hybridization and forced mutation.
"Scientific specimens presented by museums in their glass cases and the artistic renderings of previous eras have always fascinated me. The displays and drawings enabled me to enter a place where strange objects, transformed by preservation and dissection, were brought into the light of day. As an artist, I focus on the creation and display of curious zoological and botanical structures. The objects constructed may live somewhere in the present or may exist in the future. The style of the work may be contemporary or recall the work of scientific illustrators of the past, transcending time. Through re-imagination and distortion, I invite the viewer to examine and interpret the ambiguous and sometimes disquieting forms that inhabit these works."
About the Artist: Judith Berk King lives and works in Miami, Florida. She studied fine art at Kensington and Chelsea College in London, England and received her MFA from Miami International University of Art & Design. She has attended residencies at the Hambidge Center for the Creative Arts and Sciences and Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts. Her drawings and ceramic work has been published in books and periodicals, and she been exhibited in London, New York, Los Angeles and Fuping, China, as well as a number of other national and international venues.
We invite you to take a special journey to a time in the future where we explore the past mutations of biological creatures that existed on this planetlong ago and have now become extinct.
Zaha Hadid is one of the major inspirations for my art. I have been a fan of her artowrk and creative spirit since I came across her architecture as a young adult. The lines and asymetrical forms in her work can be seen through some of the white lines I project in my pieces. The digital photo does not do the artwork justice, but hopefully it will be on display in its proper place soon.
Thank you so much for bringing me the confidence to aspire to be as great as you, Zaha Hadid. I was really hoping to meet you one day. Rest in power Queen! The world of architecture has an empty space without you.
You can check out the rest of my art here.