Poetry. Amiri Baraka calls MIRAGE "A fine book--important on painting." Basil King attended Black Mountain College as a teenager in the 1950s, and completed his apprenticeship as an abstract expressionist painter in San Francisco and New York. Since that time, his art has taken a different turn, reaching through abstraction back to surrealism and forward into a new approach to the figure. Although he did not begin to write regularly until 1986, an involvement with poetry has always been part of his life, first in doing art to accompany poems in books and magazines, later as a book artist, now as a poet/painter. Among his many books, THE EARTH SUITE by Carl Rakowsi, with drawings by Basil King, is available from SPD.
Basil King, born in London, England before World War 2, has been painting for over seven decades and writing since 1985. He does both in Brooklyn where he has lived since 1969. He has published ten books and a dozen chapbooks of poetry since 1997 and over his lifetime has completed several thousand works of visual art in oils, inks, pastels, and mixed media. King's visual art is in the collections of the New York Public Library, Yale University, the late Morton & Lita Hornick, Wadsworth Athenaeum, Grand Valley State College, University of Kansas Museum of Art, State University of New York at Buffalo, the Gladstone Collection of Baseball Art and in private collections including that of Tom Seaver. Some 770 paintings are professionally stored.Author City: BROOKLYN, NY USA