John King born in 1929 in West Tytherly, near Salisbury where he still lives, King was brought up in the countryside. His career began under the influence of equestrian artist, Lionel Edwards ( 1878-1966), a close family friend, who initiated Kings interest in painting and drawing.
Racing, hunting, and portrait commissions have taken king all over the world, from Europe to the Untied States, South Africa and most recently the Middle East.
He has specialized in Military and Ceremonial paintings as a war artist in Aden, Cyprus and Germany for the Illustrated London News, and has undertaken a number of sculpture commissions over the years. He has illustrated books by authors such as Jim Meads, Michael Clayton, and Robin Page and provided illustrations for magazines including Horse and Hound.
He is a founder member of The Society of Equestrian Artists and has painted many of the greatest racehorses of his day.
King continues to excel. A magnificent commission secured in February 2000 from Sheikh Mohammed al Maktoum his favorite bay stallion, Dubai Millenium, this was Kings most arguably most important commission of the last 100 years. Measuring 16ft by 8 ft, Kings portrait of the horse is his greatest work to date 2001 was a very important year proving equally fruitful, his latest commission which he has completed of Tattersalls Paddock is the first they have awarded for over 40 years. At this time king continues to paint many commissions for his patrons and others equestrian sporting achievements he most enjoys with his Hunting , Racing and the countryside.