Phillip King

 1934 
Born Kheredine, near Carthage, Tunisia.

1946 
Moved to London.

1952-54 
National Service, Royal Corps of Signals.

1953-54 
Year in Paris.

1954-57 
Studied Modern Languages, Christ's College, Cambridge: from 1955 made sculptures. Influenced by Picasso, Matisse, Laurens, Maillol.

1957 
Marries Lilian Odelle. Divorced 1986.

1957-58
Studied Sculpture at St. Martin's School of Art, London. Made small sculpture in clay and plaster in a Brutalist/Surrealist manner.

1959-78 
Lecturer, St. Martin's School of Art.

1959-60 
Assistant to Henry Moore; Gained confidence in working on a larger scale.

1960 
Awarded Boise Scholarship, travelled to Greece. Cleared studio and started new series of drawings from which 'Window Piece' and 'Declaration' were made.

1962 
Started using fiberglass and colour with 'Rosebud'.

1964 
Lecturer, Bennington College, Vermont, USA. Encouraged by David Smith to work in steel.

1965
Son Anthony born. First steel sculpture completed.

1967-68 
Lecturer, Slade School of Fine Art, London.

1967-69 
Trustee of the Tate Gallery, London.

1968 
Represented Britain with Bridget Riley at the Venice Biennale
Retrospective at the Whitechapel Gallery, London

1969 
First Prize at the Bratislava International Sculpture Exhibition, Szechoslovakia.
Set up a studio near Dunstable, equipped for working in steel.
Travelled to Japan for three months, completed steel sculpture for Expo 70".

1972
Built studio in his London garden.

1974 
Received CBE.

1975 
First slate works.

1977 
Elected Associate of the Royal Academy of Arts, London.

1979-80 
Professor of Sculpture, Hochshule der Kunste, Berlin.

1980-90 
Professor of Sculpture, Royal College of Art, London.

1981 
Retrospective at the Hayward Gallery, London

1984 
Son Anthony killed in accident.

1989 
Return to figurative sculpture, also carries on with abstract themes.

1990 
Professor of Sculpture, Royal Academy Schools, London. Elected Royal Academician. Made Professor Emeritus, Royal College of Art, London. Works full time at Dunstable studio.

1991 
Marries Judy Corbalis.

1992 
Sets up studio in London.


1993 
Begins working in ceramic in Japan.

1995 
Sets up studio in Kent.

1997 
Retrospective at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park
Second English sculptor ever to have a retrospective at Forte de Belvedere, Florence, the first being Henry Moore.

1999 
Made President of the Royal Academy, London.

2004 
Retires from the Royal Academy to focus on Sculpting full time.

Solo Exhibitions

1957
Heffers Gallery, Cambridge

1964
Rowan Gallery, London

1966
Richard Feigen Gallery, New York
Isaac Delagado Museum of Art, New Orleans
Richard Feigen Gallery, Chicago

1968
Galerie Yvon Lambert, Paris
Whitechapel Art Gallery, London
British Pavilion, Venice Biennale (with Bridget Riley)
Stadt Galerie, Bochum
Museum Boymans van Beuning, Rotterdam

1970
Rowan Gallery, London (and 72 & 73)

1974-5
European Tour: Rijksmuseum KrollerMuller, Otterlo; Kunsthalle, Dusseldorf; Kunsthalle, Berne; Musee Galleria, Paris; Ulster Museum, Belfast

1975
Rowan Gallery, London

1975-76
Arts Council Tour: Mappin Art Gallery, Sheffield; Whitehaven Musuem; Aberdeen Art Gallery & Museum; Third Eye Centre, Glasgow; Hatton Gallery, University of Newcastle; City Museum & Art Gallery, Portsmouth

1976
Oriel, Welsh Arts Council Gallery, Cardiff

1977
Rowan Gallery, London (and 1979)

1981
Hayward Gallery, London
Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh

1983
Juda Rowan Gallery, London

1987
Nishimura Gallery, Tokyo

1990
Mayor Rowan Gallery, London
Grob Gallery, London

1992
Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Wakefield
Stadtische Kunsthalle Mannheim
Art Warehouse, London
MAAK Gallery, London

1993
Musée des Beaux-Arts Andre Malraux, Le Harvre
Galerie Waszkowiak, Berlin
Le Prieuré Saint-Michel, Vimoutiers
La Filature Nouvel Espace Culturel, Mulhouse

1994
Observer Studio Exhibition, London

1995
Galerie Waszkowiak/Walter Bischoff Galerie, Berlin

1996
Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Wakefield

1997 Forte de Belvedere, Florence

1998
Bernard Jacobson Gallery, London

2001
Bernard Jacobson Gallery, London
Garth Clark Gallery, New York

2002
Place Gallery, Cavagnolo, Italy

2003
Jesus College, Cambridge

2006
Bernard Jacobson Gallery, London

2008
Bernard Jacobson Gallery, London

Selected Collections

Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia

Arts Council of Great Britain
Bradford City Art Gallery, UK

British Council, London, UK

Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, Lisbon, Portugal
City of Rotterdam, Netherlands
Contemporary Arts Society, London, UK
Cultural Centre, Adelaide, Australia
Felton Bequest, Melbourne, Australia

Galleria d'Arte Moderno, Turin
Government Art Collection, London, UK

Hakone Open Air Museum, Japan
Hiroshima Museum of Contemporary Art, Japan
Leeds Museum & Galleries (City Art Gallery), UK

Leicestershire Education Authority, UK

Leisure Centre, Osaka, Japan
Los Angeles County Museum, USA

Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebaek, Denmark
Middleheim Open Air Museum, Antwerp, Belgium

Musée National d'Art Moderne, Centre Georges Pompidou,
Paris, France
Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts de Belgique,
Brussels, Belgium
National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, Australia

National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Australia
National Museum of Art, Osaka, Japan

New Museum of Contemporary Art, Hiroshima, Japan

Osaka City Public Art Collection, Japan

Prefectural Museum of Contemporary Art, Toyama, Japan

Rijksmuseum, Netherlands
Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh, UK

State University of New York College, Purchase,
New York, USA
Stuyvesant Foundation, New York, USA
Tate Gallery, London, UK
Tel Aviv Museum, Israel
Tokyo University Art Collection, Japan
Ulster Museum, Belfast

Yale Centre for British Art, USA

Awards

Trustee of the Tate Gallery, London 1967-69
Received CBE 1974
Elected Associate of the Royal Academy of Arts, London 1977
President of the Royal Academy, London 1999-2004