Kennth King - Straid Studio
RIP August 2019

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Phone: 074 9730126

About the Artist

Kenneth King Marine Artist DonegalBorn 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 confined himself to exhibiting his work throughout the year at his studio-gallery.

Married with a family, Kenneth King lived and worked 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 was a member of the Maritime Institute of Ireland and Visual Artists Ireland. He also directeds the Oideas Gael School of Marine Painting in Glencolmcille in July each year. View more of Kennth's work...


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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.

Straid Studio - Kennth King Gallery, Glencolmcille, Donegal


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 Slieveatooey"

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." Kenneth King.

Kennth King, Marine Artist, Straid Studio, Glencolmcille, Donegal