Wayne D. King is an accomplished photographer and imaginative artist. His work can be found in the collections of a broad range of people including Livingston Taylor, Koko Taylor, Richard Merritt, Bill Bradley, W. Richard West Jr, Bruce Babbitt, Bill Clinton, Adhiambo Odaga, Bill Russell, Valerie Jarrett, James West, and others. His images are a celebration of life, blending the real and the surreal to achieve a sense of place or time that reaches beyond the moment into what he calls "a dreamlike quintessentialism" designed to spark an emotional response. Using digital enhancement, handcrafting, painting, and sometimes even straight photography, King takes the viewer to a place that is beyond simple truth to where truth meets passion, hope, and dreams.
Fine Art America
King studied photography under Richard Merritt at the University of New Hampshire. UNH had only a few photography classes but in those heady days, Richard Merritt worked with a small and dedicated group of photographers who would become some of today's finest photographers: Edward Acker III, Steve Bliss, Christopher Polydoroff, Casey MacNamara, Hannah Stutz, and others.
King holds a BS Degree in Environmental Conservation and a Masters Degree in Earth and Space Science Education from the University of New Hampshire, Durham, from which he received a Distinguished Alumnus award in 1994. A three-term former State Senator from New Hampshire, Wayne King was the 1994 Democratic nominee for Governor. King is also the founder of The Electronic Community, a group of social entrepreneurs working on social and development issues in Africa.
1980 Boston Globe Annual Photography Contest, Honorable Mention - Michigan Washline
1982 New Hampshire Arts Association Juried Exposition: On the Vineyard
1995 Fisher Gallery, Plymouth, NH One Man Show “The World I See”
1997 Tilton Gallery, Invitational Show of Five Artists
2013 Selected for Conservation Artist Award
2014 Visiting Artist - Artistic Roots Gallery, Plymouth, NH
2014 “Coming About”, International Exhibition; CHANCERY ART GALLERY, Bracebridge, ON, CANADA; Images: Mallet’s Bay Panorama, Sailors Return
2014 Third Coast Annual National Art Competition, K Space Contemporary Gallery, Corpus Christie, TX;
2014 Best of Show, Bronze award, NH Arts Association Juried Show, Sunapee “I See the Way”
2015 Juried Show, National, “Food For Thought” Dehn Gallery, Manchester, CT 06040; Image: Painted Fungus image
2015 Juried Show, National, Linus Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
2015 Juried Show, Regional, “Healing with Art”: Friends of the Norris Cotton Cancer Center, Manchester & Lebanon, NH; Images: Raining Umbrellas, Joy in the Splash Zone.
2016 One Man Show, "Motion, Moments, Movements & Mindscapes - Gathering Around the Hearth of Our Lives", Regional, Dartmouth Hitchcock Memorial Hospital,
2016 Juried Show, Regional, "Focus on the Figure" North River Arts Society, Marshfield, MA, Best in Show "Facing the Island"
2016 Juried Show, Abstracts, National, UrbanRiche Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, Finalist (1 of 5), "Chevy on the Rez"
2017 New Hampshire Art's Association Invitational Exhibit, Regional, Eastman Community Center, Eastman NH: Three Images chosen: “Ode to Pollack”, “Windblown Skirt, Senegal” “Washday Alton NH”.
2017 Juried Show, Regional, "Focus on the Figure" North River Arts Society, Marshfield, MA, Honorable Mention "The Vineyard", "Into the Mist"
2017 One Planet One Home Invitational Show, Kehler Liddell Gallery in New Haven, CT, “The Road Darkens”
2017 One Person Show, Lincoln NH Public Library - Multiple Images
2017 One Person Show; Byron G. Merrill Library, Rumney, NH - Multiple Images
2018 Mixed Media Images and Poetry on Climate Change: The Fictional Cafe - 3 Images and accompanying poetry featured: “The Prevaricating Day”, “Wind in the Washline” and The Gathering Storm”.
2018 1st Place in Still Life Competition Bauhaus Prairie Art Gallery - "Spring's Dance of Form"
2018 3rd Place All Colors Competition - Contemporary Art Gallery Online - Annapolis MD, "The Rising Too"
2018 5th Place, Figurative and Portrait Competition - Contemporary Art Gallery Online - Annapolis MD, "The Shoulder of Africa"
2018 2nd Place, 2018 ALL Sports/Athletics Competition - Contemporary Art Gallery Online - Annapolis MD, "Steeple Chase Colors"
2019 Group Exhibition, "Intentional Spaces" Photoplace Gallery, Middlebury, VT; Light Fades on Broadacres Farm
2019 Judges Choice award, Landscapes - Contemporary Art Gallery Online - Annapolis MD, "Chapel on the Road to the Sun"
2019 8th Place All Colors Competition - Contemporary Art Gallery Online - Annapolis MD, "Speak to the Sky"
2020 Three pieces chosen in 37th Artivista international competition for inclusion in San Diego Show: Aspenglow on the Roaring Fork River, Home Before the Storm, Esheheman's Breath.
2020 Group Exhibition, "Dreamscapes and Visions" Photoplace Gallery, Middlebury, VT; Aspenglow on the Roaring Fork River; Aspen, Colorado
2020 Light, Space and Time Gallery, 10th annual International Figurative Competition. 623 entries were received from 27 different countries from around the world, as well as from 30 different states and the District of Columbia. Two of King’s images were selected for recognition: "The Shoulder of Africa", and Ghost Dance.