Raymond Rowley King – T through Z

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 T through Z.   As additional works are submitted to me, I will attempt to add them.  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.

             The Barber and John

6 x 8 inch sample

The Barber and John by Raymond Rowley King verso

Reverse side of The Barber and John by Raymond Rowley King.

             The Black Bitch

Many of the paintings by King are dark and moody.Some of them might even be called angry, especially when they are given a title such as this one.I will try to list some of the elements that I see in the composition and make a guess as to what is coming in to play in the work.

We seem to be looking through a window.  A wine bottle is in evidence.  Something is being heated on a device that is fueled with white gas or kerosene forced to the burner with pressure to combine with air for combustion.  The heating device rests in a pan as if in anticipation of something boiling over.  The pan on top seems to be quite an ordinary item with a handle.

I am puzzled by the straight vertical object that stands vertically in the foregroung just to the right of the wine bottle.  It has a certain transparency in places and suggests to me a distilling column used in organic chemistry.

Could this be a chemical preparation of heroin?  Is how the Black Bitch heroin is made?

In the darker paintings it is often the case that you look at them over a period of time and then suddenly see something that you had not seen before.  In this one, you may or may not perceive a face looking forward from behind the pan on the upper left-hand side.  A person may be seen seated in the distance above the wine bottle and another seated to his right…or not.  Instead, the figure on the right could be a woman with black hair standing nude, turned away and looking back over her left shoulder.

Painted in 1966, The Black Bitch measures 11-1/2 x 11-3/4 inches and is in a private collection in Israel. It is framed crudely with four pieces of raw wood that appear to be pine 2x4s. The artists signature is on the upper horizontal part of the frame so it is presumed that he intended the frame to always be an integral part of the work. It would be my guess that the painting, like so many, is done on 1/4 inch tempered Masonite.

In November of 2006, I had an opportunity to examine a different photo of this piece. In it, the container being heated appears to be less like metal and more like glass. Also, it revealed that the painting may be in two pieces, being divided along the dark vertical line about a third of the way in from the right as shown below.

             The Critics

             The Hyde Street House

             The Kibbutz Shower Room

             The Man From Leith

             The Monks (7 of 16)

             The Opportunist

This painting is part of the Edwards-Pedersen Collection.

             The Parlor House (9 panels)

             The Parlor House (left side)

             The Parlor House (right side)

             The Raven

             The Sorceror

             The Standing Figure

             The Star of The Show

This painting is part of the Edwards-Pedersen Collection.

             The Sweetest Thing in Town

This painting is part of the Edwards-Pedersen Collection.

             The Wind

             There Once Were Four Mades

This piece was painted in Tel Aviv in 1971.  I find it at once humorous and mysterious. The person who supplied the images to me thought that Ray had made an error in spelling. I would like for him to contact me again at collectedartworks_@_hotmail_._com so that I can ask for more details. In particular, I would like a close-up of what is on the platter. The may also be some interesting details outside through the window on the left.

             There Once Were Four Mades (left side)

             There Once Were Four Mades (middle)

             There Once Were Four Mades (right side)

The work is in a private collection in Israel.

             Three Harlequins

This painting is part of the Edwards-Pedersen Collection.

 Dutch Building in Amsterdam

             Untitled Building

             Untitled Cityscape

It is a rather cheerful piece for such a rainy day.  These are typical Dutch buildings of the kind found along canals in Amsterdam.

The painting measures 35 1/4″ in height and 25 1/2″ in width. Four paintings by Raymond Rowley King  were sold to the same people in Israel at roughly the same time seems to indicate that it too was painted in the mid 1970s and that all were painted in Israel.  The three other paintings were titled “Gillette”, “The Governess”, and “A Studio Corner”.

             Untitled Corner Painting

An unusual work is also a part of That Gallery era … it fits in to the corner of a room, and is untitled.  They may originally have been sold through That Gallery, which was connected to the Clotheshorse in Portland.

             Four Sketches with Telpek Sheep Head and Nude

             Untitled Sketch with Sheep and Nude

             View of San Francisco Victorians

The title is just a guess. This painting is said to be a view of a city, presumably San Francisco, from a prison. That may be so, however, King was incarcerated at Vacaville Medical Facility in Vacaville, California prior to his flight to Israel. The only hill anywhere near that prison is Cement Hill in neighboring Fairfield. There are no Victorian houses on Cement Hill … only cows, and the remains of the once-thriving city called Cement. In its day, Cement had a complete cement manufacturing plant that was constructed down the side of Cement Hill so that, once the local supply of limestone and clay was brought to the top of the hill, the process of turning those minerals in to cement proceeded down the hill, with the final product loaded at the level of the delta. Cement was a complete city unto itself with a housing for the workers and their families, schools for their children, a hotel, a general store, a bar, and a whorehouse. If there were any Victorian era houses there, they were long ago torn down along with the rest of the plant after it closed in the late 1890s. The local supply of limestone had run out. The plant was briefly re-opened in the early years of the 20th Century using limestone trucked in from El Dorado county, but this proved to be too costly.

This particular painting measure a little over 42 inches square and was in Tel-Aviv several years ago, hence it was not likely to have been painted after his return to the United States and subsequent incarceration oat San Quentin.

The stairs in the foreground are reminiscent of stairs leading down to a beach.  They could also be stairs leading up to home.

             Winternight in Old Copenhagen

             Woman with Bicycle


This painting is part of the Edwards-Pedersen Collection.

             Zahar’s Market