Raymond Rowley King – D through I

These pages attempt to catalog the oeuvre of the brilliant artist Raymond Rowley King, arranged in alphabetical order by title.  They are ranged over five pages to make them easier to load quickly.   On this page are items D through I.   As additional works are submitted to me, I will add them as time permits.   A reasonably good image is required for publication.  If the collector wants to have the owner’s name mentioned, please include that information.  At present, I have images of just over 100 of the works of Raymond Rowley King.  Some times his name is spelled Raymond Rouley King incorrectly.  Whenever possible, I prefer to include the title of the work as well as the dimensions .. and whether or not the work is being offered for sale, and, if so, please suggest a  price.  In that regard, the location of the artwork is an important factor.  At present, emails may be sent to collectedartworks@hotmail.com . You may also call me at (916)383-5341.

            Dance Studio, San Francisco

This oil on canvas measures 13″ x 11″.  It sold at auction in Edinburgh, Scotland on Oct 5, 2007 for $817 USD, plus whatever auction house fee was applicable. 

The following article is from the Glasgow Herald – December 14, 1964 (under Art Shows in Edinburg):

At the Crestline Gallery a feature has been made of the paintings of Raymond Rowley King. a Californian now living in Edinburgh.These, with their constant palette of the darker earth colours thinly brushed (this painter, as a technician and draughtsman, is both assured and able), comes as something of a relief after so much conscious brilliance (referring to other artworks on show).

But one is troubled by the extreme polarity visible in King’s work.It is difficult to understand how the man who painted “Highland Tapestry” for example (a bold abstract with more or less landscape connections), or even “The Man from Leith” with its broad treatment of realism, could conceive the little composition “The Dance Studio” so niggled and so fussy.

     

             Dancer Prepares

Title Unknown (Dancer With Red Hair, perhaps), though I have settled on Dancer Prepares for the moment.  It is oil on wood, 19-1/2″ x 39-1/4″ x 5/16″ thick.

On July 17, 2013, this painting was offered on eBay. The starting bid was $500 delivered. It did not sell at that time.  The owner is, I believe, in Atlanta, Georgia or somewhere in the north of Florida around Tallahassee.

Note the musculature in the area of the left bicep. That plus the red hair cause me to believe that this is a painting of a male member of that Ballet troup who later appeared in A Chorus Line.  On the other hand, it could be an image of  the Australian dancer, Louise Naughton.

A closer detail of the neck and the hands, which are always shown doing something in King’s work.

Here is a detail of the upper half of the painting.

Dancer Prepares by Raymond Rowley King upper detail

And a detail of the lower half.

Dancer Prepares by Raymond Rowley King lower detail

And a closer detail of the neck and the hands, which are always shown doing something in King’s work.

Dancer Prepares by Raymond Rowley King closeup of hands and neck

            Dancers

            Daniel Lawrence Walker

            David Eric Horenstein

Untitled pencil drawing by Raymond Rowley King Created in approximately Winter, 1971. Subject was David Eric Horenstein, a dancer with the Royal Winnipeg Ballet.

            Diane

Diane is a large oil on canvas with areas appearing to be under a coating of varnish or similar product. My source believes that it was painted in mid the 1970’s in the San Francisco Bay area. Her broodingly beautiful, draped nudity glows amber much like her seductive red hair. Hung with the figure at “a standing height”, the painting is at once captivating, fascinating, frightening, almost as though she appears out of the shadows, nowhere, glistening and glittering, a sensational, sexual haunt. Approx. size, 50″ x 60″

Diane by Raymond Rowley King detail

A detail of Diane.

            Don Quixote

This painting is part of the Edwards-Pedersen Collection.

            Dutch Building in Amsterdam

 

Three sketches from a private collection are described as etchings having dimensions of 5″ by 7″ and, are untitled.

One is of a nude woman wearing a mask.  It is similar to the one titled “Bird Art”.  I shall refer to it as “Nude with Mask”. 

The second piece is of a typical Dutch building of the kind found along canals in Amsterdam.  It is three stories tall plus a loft with a davot post for lifting materials up from the ground level.  I will call that “Dutch Building in Amsterdam”.

The third is a series of four sketches, one of the of someone riding on a sheep, the second of a woman from the shoulders up, a third of a nude woman from the back, and finally a image, at a 90 degree angle to the other three, of a man wearing a telpek (hat) of the kind worn by nomadic Turkmen.  I refer to this etching as “Four Sketches with Telpek, Sheep, Head and Nude”.

 

            Ebba, a Life Study

            Ebba King

This painting is in a private collection in California.

            Eighth (8th) Street NYC

Raymond painted in oil on canvas, framed in a primitive manner.  Approximately 1969 and approx 24″ square.

            Estelle

Estelle, in the second piece, was an actress and entertainer of considerable beauty who died suddenly in 1979 at the age of 53.  Though Ray had met her previously, the work was completed in Israel in 1966 from several Polaroid impressions.  Estelle is in a private collection in Oregon.

            Evening

            Figure Study in Silver

The subject matter is a young woman lying casually on a bed enjoying a cup of coffee. Though little is know as to the name of the woman or her relationship to Ray, it appears that they may have been closer than mere artist and model.  It may have been the artists second wife.

This is Ray’s signature on the painting:

This is the back side of the framed painting:

Study in Silver by Raymond Rowley King backside

            Fishing Boat in Fog and Mist

This painting is part of the Edwards-Pedersen Collection.

            Five Sisters

Five Sisters is a work done, in 1975, in oil on six small pieces of Masonite.  Once framed, it measures 41″ x 50-1/2″.  The three Panels above comprise the left half of the work; those below are the right half.   The right three panels shows two sisters and another (left) whom we are to guess is their mother.

Details of the left panel shows one sister with something interesting in her upraised right hand and another sister turned sideways giving an additional clue regarding the period of the clothing that they all wear.

A third detail of the right panel shows that another sister is holding an odd device.

These individual panels all begin with stain on gesso for the background. Note that the background contains evidence of both vertical strokes as well as ones in the horizontal.  This ensemble item is in a private collection though, at this time, its whereabouts are unknown to this author.  It is presumed to be in Israel.

           Four Sketches with Telpek, Sheep, Head and Nude

 

Three sketches from a private collection are described as etchings having dimensions of 5″ by 7″ and, are untitled.

One is of a nude woman wearing a mask.  It is similar to the one titled “Bird Art”.  I shall refer to it as “Nude with Mask”. 

The second piece is of a typical Dutch building of the kind found along canals in Amsterdam.  It is three stories tall plus a loft with a davot post for lifting materials up from the ground level.  I will call that “Dutch building in Amsterdam”.

The third is a series of four sketches, one of the of someone riding on a sheep, the second of a woman from the shoulders up, a third of a nude woman from the back, and finally a image, at a 90 degree angle to the other three, of a man wearing a telpek (hat) of the kind worn by nomadic Turkmen.  I refer to this etching as “Four sketches with Telpek, Sheep, Head and Nude”.

 

          Frenchman

Oil on canvas, approximately 9″ x 9″ framed.  Titled and signed in pencil on the back, with the designation, California.

   

            Gillette

Four paintings by Raymond Rowley King.  were purchased , in Israel,  by the parents of the woman who had owned them.   This one is titled “Gillette”.  We see a visual joke in that someone is about to be guillotined, presumably by a razor sharp blade.

The text reads, ‘A new novel by Raymond Rowley King.’  Ray was not a writer to my knowledge.  It was painted in 1976   Note the style of hats being worn by the attendees.  Tall hats were Raymond’s favorite. This painting measures 32 1/2″ wide by 44 1/4″ high.  Raymond painted several works that appeared to be pictures of books written by him … some even had “price stickers” as part of the composition.

The other paintings were “A Studio Corner”,  “The Governess”,  and an untitled cityscape.

            Girl

          Girl On A Roof

This exquisite triptych features three images of a woman taking a bath in a tub and toweling off.

Girl On A Roof by Raymond Rowley King a triptych

The dimensions of each are 7.5″ x 6.75″.  They are oil on flat panel.  These were painted in January of 1966 in Tel Aviv.   The painting on the left gives us a feeling for the circumstances.  The bathing area is small with tile placed vertically to protect the wall from water yet, it is really too small to be a bath tub.  There is a light shadow cast against the wall.  From the projected angle, the light source must be nearly horizontal.  From the title, we can infer that the light is from the sun.   The portions of tile that are in the shadow are illuminated by the sky as well, thus the shadow is not too dark.

Girl On A Roof left 1 of 3 in triptych by Raymond Rowley King

The subjects hands are busy working with the bar of soap.  Irregular pipes run exposed along the wall.  Nearby shelves are cluttered.  Here, a detail shows the brush work on the face.

Detail of left painting in Girl On A Roof triptych by Raymond Rowley King

In the middle painting we see that there is a small canister of water resting in the bathing area.

Girl On A Roof middle of 3 in triptych by Raymond Rowley King

The subject is attending to personal hygiene.  She appears to be wearing a sandal.  In a detail of the middle painting, we see what may be a slotted spoon.

Detail from middle painting of Girl On A Roof triptych by Raymond Rowley King

The right-hand painting of the triptych shows her toweling off.  the sandal is more apparent.  The clutter on the shelves seen are possibly equipment use in cooking.

Third painting in Girl On A Roof triptych by Raymond Rowley King

Once again, a detail reveals the treatment of the face.

Detail of Right side painting in Girl On A Roof triptych by Raymond Rowley King

The model who stood for these paintings may have been one named Contessa.  This work is now in a private collection in Europe.

          Girl Reading and Smoking

            Girl with Beehive Hair

            Girl with Black Eyes

            Girl With Book

This painting is part of the Edwards-Pedersen Collection.

            Girl with Hat

            Girl with Ponytail

            Governess

The Governess is quite similar to a work titled “A Victorian Girl”.  A Victorian Girl was a recent acquisition of the Edwards-Pedersen Collection.  The two paintings differ in that our acquisition is of a taller, more slender woman.

            Greased Pig

For some reason, I have no image for Greased Pig.

            Grocery Shop

It is said to be of a small market in the blue-collar section of Copenhagen.  It sold for 403 USD in 2017 plus auction house charges. This painting is part of the Edwards-Pedersen Collection.

            Hair

This painting was purchased from an auction house in South Africa.  The price was nominal … about $300 USD.  The problems were two.  Though I was able to pay for the painting through some sort of bank transfer, the auction house offered no shipping service.  I discovered an on-line social network fo people in South Africa.  Through that service, I found someone in Gauteng (the smallest province in South Africa) who was willing to pick up the painting, take it off of its frame, roll it up in a tube, and send it to me on my FedEx account.  (Note the slight vertical streak down the middle of the figure on the right.  The slight damage is fairly easy to repair.)  Paying him for his efforts was the second stumbling block.  For whatever reason, the government of South Africa does not permit payments through PayPal.  The issue was resolved through a fortuitous forthcoming visit from a friend of his in the UK.

This painting is part of the Edwards-Pedersen Collection.

            Head Turning

This 1975 piece, which is a study of a woman’s head turned at six different angles, measures 11 inches by 27 inches and appears to be done on Masonite.

            House in Amsterdam

            Houses

            In Hospital Waiting Room

            Interior, Bar and Grill

An untitled work done in Tel Aviv in 1971 has emerged in San Francisco, then has sunk back in to obscurity.  Here, I call it Interior, Bar and Grill.  The dimensions are 20.5 x 17 inches.

             Interior of Bar with Four Figures

This painting is part of the Edwards-Pedersen Collection.

             Israeli Garden