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Phillip King (1934-), Sculptor and President of the Royal Academy
Sitter in 9 portraits
Phillip King is an artist of international standing. He studied sculpture at St Martin's School of Art, where Anthony Caro was teaching at the time. King was professor of sculpture at the Royal College of Art and then at the Royal Academy schools. In 1999 he was elected president of the Royal Academy, a post which he held until 2004. In 1990 he was made a Royal Academician and professor emeritus at the Royal College of Art. He has worked in a variety of mediums including clay, fibreglass, ceramics and newspaper. King represented Britain at the XXXIV Venice Biennale in 1968, and in 1998 was the first British artist since Henry Moore to have an exhibition at the Forte di Belvedere in Florence.
by Julian Germain
archival inkjet print, 21 October 2009