Paul Bernard King


Paul Bernard King Biography




Paul Bernard King is best known for his fluid, atmospheric, and impressionistic renderings of Northeastern landscapes and marine scenes. He was born in Buffalo, New York and studied at the Art Students League of Buffalo, while simultaneously working in lithography. By 1900, he had moved to New York City, and studied at the Art Students League from 1901 to 1904 under Henry Siddons Mowbray (1858-1928). He supported himself as an illustrator for Life and Harper’s magazines. From 1905 to 1906, King was in Holland, training with Dutch artists Evert Pieters (1856-1932) and Willy Sluiter (1873-1949). He also visited Paris and London before settling in Philadelphia, where he studied at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. He returned to New York in 1923.

From 1906, when his oil painting Hauling in the Anchor Line captured the Salmagundi Club's top two prizes, King regularly received recognition. He won a silver medal from the Panama-Pacific Exposition in San Francisco in 1915 and a prize from the Pennsylvania Academy in 1918. His most prestigious award came from the National Academy of Design in 1923 for excellence in landscape painting, and was later named a full Academician. He continued to paint into the 1930s and early 1940s, and died in New York in 1947.