King is fortunate because he gets to claim two amazing cities as his
hometown. He was born in Cleveland, Ohio in 1974 and raised in South
Miami where he began sketching and painting when he was eight years
old. He later graduated in Cleveland from Orange High Schools
program as the vocational student of the year.
A graduate of International Fine Arts College (Art Institute of Miami),
Ed has made Miami his home for over 20 years. He currently develops
the artwork for the Kaleidoscope Conspiracy universe in his home studio
in North Miami Beach. Ed enjoys being involved in many aspects of the
In college, he worked as a writer for Break Magazine and a news
correspondent for WVFS in Tallahassee. He also has experience with performance
art including acting on stage and writing, shooting and editing short
films. As a professional graphic designer, Ed has worked as a senior
designer in advertising agencies. He has also instructed graphic design
and video editing for Miami Ad School and the Bass Museum of Art. A
songwriter and self-trained guitarist, Ed has also played in several
bands since he was fifteen years old. On painting breaks, he unwinds
old tunes on his favorite acoustic guitar.
We each see the world differently because we are not looking at the
world only with our eyes, but with hearts and souls as well. These visions
converge in a multifarious arrangement of memories and emotions, which
create a kaleidoscope of the mind. The varying layers of our souls,
love, and time are woven into a fabric which we have not yet been able
to fully explain or appreciate. No matter how sophisticated our ciphers,
the answer to why we are here remains an enigma.
The enormity of these concepts have stirred in my mind for many years
and eventually began to take form in a labor of sketches and paintings
that I call the Kaleidoscope Conspiracy. My inspiration
is derived from my childhood fascination concerning the complicated
relationship between science, nature and humanity. I take pleasure in
spending the small hours of each day trying to weave together the various
meanings of these multifaceted concepts into my artwork. Despite the
intensity of the subject matter, I do not feel the artwork would be
served by rendering it that way. Instead, I feel our interpretation
of the world depends on our ability to jettison our preconceptions and
revisit these concepts of consequence through the eyes of a child. Furthermore,
I feel the allegorical nature of each piece creates a context for the
underlying themes which are widely accessible to an audience of all
The artwork of the Kaleidoscope Conspiracy can be described
as neo-pop. It features characters and landscapes painted in bright
colors and outlined in black lines while the situations and themes of
each painting serve as King's personal interpretation of the world.
In addition, prominent features of the artwork include black swatches
that give the appearance that the objects and landscapes have been stitched
into the painting. The swatches, combined with the vivid scenes and
child-like wonder of each piece, comprise the inimitable components
which help retain the neo-pop sensibility of each painting.
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