TERRAIN: Joshua Nissen King

Joshua_Nissen_King_HurricaneWaters_900w“Hurricane Waters” 2016, oil, acrylic, aerosol, mixed-technique on wood panel, 30×24 inches


JUNE 15 – JULY 9, 2016


Campfire Gallery is pleased to present TERRAIN, our second solo exhibition with San Francisco artist Joshua Nissen King. The show will consist of a series of new paintings that continue to explore his interest in the junction of the artificial and the natural, and a process that combines both vision and improvisation in his vivid, imaginary landscapes.


Joshua_Nissen_King_InstallationMy work is an accumulation of referenced object, color, shape, and space. There is no sketch, or blueprint for what the piece ‘should’ look like. Centering on the idea of artificiality encroaching upon the natural world, my process allows me to actively feel the tension of foreign objects appearing in what might have been a pristine landscape. I begin with a reference image but very rarely end with the same one. My work demands organic growth, every mark is dependent on its predecessor, each color a response to nearby colors. Marks of varying weights, gather in the imaginary space, similar to the effect of the ebbs and flows that occur in the natural world. If I had sketched an image, formulated an idea for where each piece would go, I would have already pre-planned the composition and the space, therefore inhibiting the organic process that plays out on the canvas – where is the fun? What excites and interests me are the endless possibilities with each piece.

Joshua Nissen King is a painter and colorist whose vivid landscapes commingle the natural and the man-made in a way that often feels dream-like and takes on a surreal quality. His work stems from an underlying investigation in the world he lives in through a love of nature and imagination. Born in Biloxi, Mississippi and raised in Northern California, he currently lives and works in San Francisco as a professional artist and is the co-founder and director of Merchants of Reality, an artist-driven non-profit organization.  After graduating from the Oxbow School of the Arts in Napa where he studied under Raymond Saunders, he received his B.F.A. from California State University, San Francisco in 2010. King has exhibited in numerous group and solo shows in the Bay Area and throughout California.

Joshua_Nissen_King_Traverse_900w“Traverse” 2016, oil, acrylic, aerosol, mixed-technique on wood panel, 48×24 inches

Joshua_Nissen_King_Impasse_web“Impasse” 2016, oil, acrylic, aerosol, mixed-technique on wood panel, 36×24 inches

Joshua_Nissen_King_Gateway_web“Gateway” 2016, oil, acrylic, aerosol, mixed-technique on wood panel, 30×24 inches

Joshua_Nissen_King_NatureVs.Nurture_web“Nature vs. Nurture” 2016, oil, acrylic, aerosol, mixed-technique on wood panel, 48×36 inches

Joshua_Nissen_King_TunnelVision_web“Tunnel Vision” 2016, oil, acrylic, aerosol, mixed-technique on wood panel, 24×24 inches

Joshua_Nissen_King_Too_Little_Too_Late_web“Too Little, Too Late” 2016, oil, acrylic, aerosol, mixed-technique on wood panel, 24×24 inches