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A DEVIL’S HEAVEN
 By
William King.  

Once upon a time I was a filmmaker!
 Embark upon a surreal headtrip inside a dying junkies mind. This is a bad trip, a descent through madness unto death. These are the terminal visions from the final 5 minutes of an overdosing  drug addict's life. This is the poem which became the basis for my first festival screened animated short.
Made in association with Japan's Ankoku Koubou, the film started as an experiment to see if single images/paintings could be animated into a short film. Having never tried animation before the whole film was created by much trial and error as i made up each scene as i went along. Some frames had over 9 animated layers, and 25 frames were individually animated to create one second of film. Working solo the project took over a year to complete, including the soundtrack. The film made its debut at the Meniscus Film Festival 2003 (out of competition). The film was also re-edited as a music video for the band Genie's Eye and re-titled The Drug's Trilogy. I prefer the original version.
  • Listening to: Stevie Ray Vaughan
  • Reading: The Twelve by Justin Cronin
  • Watching: The Vietnam War by Ken Burns
  • Playing: too busy to play
  • Eating: Hallucinogenic Daffodils
  • Drinking: Sparkling Water
Weaveworld is my new series of abstract works inspired by the book Weaveworld by Clive Barker.

Developing my abstract craft I wanted something which on the one hand felt organic and yet at the same time structured into patterns resembling woven cloth or tapestries. I wanted to suggest something living and breathing but manufactured, I wanted to weave with flora, fauna and just a hint of monster entrails. Blood became thread, the sky became stitches and imagination was fed into a loom. And behold, a weave world was born.

 The novel, set in Liverpool, England, in the late 1980s, revolves around the secret existence of The Seerkind – a race of people with the capacity to invoke magic, or "raptures" as it is described and their struggles to remain hidden from the non magical world which they refer to as "The Kingdom of The Cuckoo".
   Decades prior to the book's opening, the Seerkind combined all of their powers to create a secret world known as "The Fugue" – a carpet into which they wove their most beloved locations, animals, possessions and indeed themselves as a safe haven. Their aim was to avoid persecution by humans (who call them demons and fairies) as well as eradication by a destructive being known as The Scourge. This creature's nature is entirely unknown to the Seerkind, given that none of those assaulted by the Scourge survived to describe it. The Fugue, resembling an ordinary, albeit exquisitely woven carpet is left in the care of a normal cuckoo woman, Mimi Laschenski, who married one of the Seerkind and resides in Liverpool.
   As the story begins, Mimi has reached old age and been hospitalised following a stroke. A young man named Calhoun Mooney, chasing an escaped homing pigeon, accidentally gets a glimpse of the Fugue hidden in the carpet, which profoundly affects him.
   Simultaneously, Mimi's granddaughter Suzanna Parrish, arrives in the city at Mimi's behest. The mystery surrounding Mimi and the full potential of the carpet brings Cal and Suzanna together and quickly into confrontation with the primary antagonists...
  • Listening to: The B52s
  • Reading: Kevin Schillo - The Tabernacle Of Legion
  • Watching: The Rain
  • Playing: too busy to play
  • Eating: Hallucinogenic Daffodils
  • Drinking: Sparkling Water
It is on one hand a rather sorry state of affairs that there are people out there who copy pictures and then have the audacity to claim it as their own work, on the other hand there is an element of flattery that someone loves your work to the extent that they wish they had made it. But theft is theft and credits for other peoples work is also stealing. I use as the basis for some of my work photographs by Tim Felce as a source of inspiration. I wrote Tim and told him i was a fan of his aviation photography and asked him permission to adapt and recreate his work into drawings and paintings. He was delighted with what i proposed and gave me his wholehearted support and most importantly permission. I credit Tim as my source of inspiration whenever i create a piece which was inspired by one of his photos. Simple respect works wonders huh? A courteous letter mitigates often any burning desire to steal and then you get to create your own work too!
Sadly i am having to mark all my work on deviant with the rather intrusive Deviant copyright watermark due to more than one fellow choosing to utilise some of my pictures on their own pages and claim it as their own work. Sorry that i have to do this as i personally think it ruins the viewing pleasure. But credit where credit is due, it is now a necessity.
However all is not lost. If you'd like a full resolution digital download then there is a link by each art piece for you to click on. Yes you have to pay a small fee but i'm sure it is worth it. Alternatively, I am now on Patreon and if you become a supporter of mine then most of my artwork will be available to you as full resolution downloads at no extra cost, www.patreon.com/williamking  I hope to see you there in the near future.
Thanks for your understanding and i hope the watermarks do not ruin your enjoyment of my rather trippy experiments.
will
xx
  • Listening to: Chicago Transit Authority 1969
  • Reading: Kevin Schillo - The Tabernacle Of Legion
  • Watching: Halt And Catch Fire
  • Playing: too busy to play
  • Eating: Hallucinogenic cacti
  • Drinking: Clipper Tea
The new series i'm working on is a series of abstracts called Bedlam.
Artworks created by anonymous patients of Bedlam Hospital Asylum 1634-2017.
Recommended again for the mad and delirious and those fine folks from Leeds, Hull, Scarborough and Whitby.

Bethlem Royal Hospital, also known as St Mary Bethlehem, Bethlehem Hospital and Bedlam, is a psychiatric hospital in London. Its famous history has inspired several horror books, films and TV series, most notably Bedlam, a 1946 film with Boris Karloff. It has moved three times from its original location, and is Europe's first and oldest institution to specialise in mental illnesses.[citation needed]
The hospital is closely associated with King's College London and, in partnership with the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, is a major centre for psychiatric research. It is part of the King's Health Partners academic health science centre and the NIHR Biomedical Research Centre for Mental Health.
Originally the hospital was near Bishopsgate just outside the walls of the City of London. It moved outside of Moorfields in the 17th century, then to St George's Fields in Southwark in the 19th century, before moving to its current location at Monks Orchard in West Wickham in 1930.
The word "bedlam", meaning uproar and confusion, is derived from the hospital's prior nickname. Although the hospital became a modern psychiatric facility, historically it was representative of the worst excesses of asylums in the era of lunacy reform.
  • Listening to: Tears For Fears
  • Reading: Justin Cronin - The Twelve
  • Watching: The Punisher
  • Playing: too busy to play
  • Eating: Hallucinogenic cacti
  • Drinking: Clipper Tea
Presenting.....
The Plastic Wax Factory, purveyors of intricate and fine molten effigies.
All your gods, demons, devils, angels, monsters and feye folk, creatures of the abyss to Leech Lords of the Cthulhu mythos, witches, warlocks, and lunatic residents of asylums the world over.
All are represented here in glorious molten plastic wax, set alight and melted into puddles of primordial grotesquerie.
Recommended for the mad and delerious and those fine folks from Leeds, Hull and Scarborough.
  • Listening to: Abel Korzeniowski
  • Reading: Justin Cronin - The Passage
  • Watching: Stranger Things Season 2
  • Playing: too busy to play
  • Eating: Hallucinogenic cacti
  • Drinking: Yorkshire Tea
The new series Spidergod Zen debuts today. A companion series to Skunkworks Chrome but inspired by the silent and patiently waiting apex insect predator the spider, the amazing artist always meditating while contemplating each note struck by its web strings.
The story behind the series is this:
Spider Grandmother, in a state of zen, took a web she had spun, laced it with dew, threw it into the sky and the scattered dew became the stars and planets.
Her grandson was thrilled and marvelled at her creations.
"To create is to perceive that which really is." said Spider Grandmother. "It is the realm of Zen. Go meditate child and become Zen and you too can create."
The young Spidergod quickly learned the art of zen, a total state of focus that incorporates a total togetherness of body and mind. Zen is a way of being. It also is a state of mind. Zen involves dropping illusion and seeing things without distortion created by your own thoughts. When the Spidergod meditated in complete and absolute peace he saw that Form is emptiness, emptiness is Form and with this revelation was able to behold the universe, a psychedelic cosmos of light, colour and form.
Then one morning he gathered up his dew soaked web, and with a nod of encouragement from Spider Grandmother, he cast the web far into the sky.

I hope you like.
  • Listening to: Diablo Swing Orchestra
  • Reading: Mike Carey - Vicious Circle
  • Watching: Preacher/Narcos
  • Playing: too busy to play
  • Eating: nuts and raisens
  • Drinking: Coffee
Well it has been a fun 3 months uploading my Skunkworks Chrome series. The series is now concluded and it is time to move on to something new. A big hug and thank you to every one of you who have favorited, commented and added me to their watch. It really is appreciated and makes this artist feel valued and vindicated. When I first started here it took me months to exhibit with my fellow Deviants. Fear of rejection and ridicule haunted me but I plucked up the courage, took my first tentative steps here and received an awesome welcome and so much support that I finally held up my head and said yes! I AM an artist. It is a true honour to share my work with you all and I hope to continue for many more years. (I have one Brazilian chap who hates my work and he has not been so kind in his messages, I imagine him blowing a gasket and turning lava red with pent up fury to know I shall be around for many more years much to his immature displeasure!)
So what's next? I have in fact already completed my next series of work called Spidergod. Not too dissimilar to Skunkworks, a kind of development and progression on in technique and style with a running arachnid theme permeating the works. I am currently working on a series called Plastic Wax Factory where I am really exploring the use of colour, it's mixing and blending and explosions of style. All this to come in due course.
In the mean time thanks again for all your support and I hope you continue to enjoy Skunkworks Chrome.
  • Listening to: Tash Sultana
  • Reading: Mike Carey - Vicious Circle
  • Watching: The Mist
  • Playing: too busy to play
  • Eating: nuts and raisens
  • Drinking: Tea
5 years to upload some new work huh? Where has the time gone? I have just proven to the world that i am a master procrastinator! I earned it. Finally i am back to being a core member and uploading new finished quality prints of old and new works.
  • Listening to: The Mars Volta
  • Reading: Matthew Bartlett - Gateways To Abomination
  • Watching: Preacher
  • Playing: too busy to play
  • Drinking: Tea
I seem to have been deviantless for a long time, such time escapes me when i am immersed in my work. The gallery showing proved popular and resulted in a 2 week extension of my show. That was thrilling. Since then i have been busy completing The Dreaming Fly series 2. Uploads of all my new work begins shortly.
Thanks for visiting my humble piece of the deviant web.
  • Listening to: Infected Mushroom
  • Reading: William Gibson - Idoru
  • Watching: Boardwalk Empire
  • Playing: too busy to play
  • Eating: Apple and pork pie
  • Drinking: Tea
I am thrilled to be having my first public show this month. Running from the 16th October to the 4th November, The Dreaming Fly series will be on show at the Pocket Gallery, Artlink in Kingston Upon Hull. This is my first ever exhibition and i am so thrilled to have this opportunity, exposure and support for my work. A big thank you goes to Emma Dolman and Jayne Hall from Artlink for inviting me to exhibit with them.
Angels Last Exit is also finished and i am living with it for now. Finished result shall arrive on deviant shortly. I'm currently back on track with The second series of the Dreaming Fly. A further 7 pictures which have evolved into quite unique and different creatures. Complementary to the first series yet divergent to the point of being stand alone pieces. Work in progress shots shall also arrive here in due course.
  • Listening to: Spocks Beard
  • Reading: Stephen Fry - Making History
  • Watching: True Blood
  • Playing: Eve Online
  • Eating: Jordans Crunchy
  • Drinking: Tea
Shelved series2/3 of the dreaming fly for the next couple of weeks to finish Angel's Last Exit which i started last year but lost interest in as i couldn't work out how to paint the thing. The fly series has allowed me to grow in confidence as a pallette mixer and as my use and experience of colour grows so does my confidence to tackle other works. Angel is a very simple picture. Using the flying geese imagery used by quilters ie. triangles! a group of battle weary, hurting and wounded angels circle over Purgatory's last exit to nowhere. Are these heavenly angels seeking a path home, or fallen angels returning to the abyss? who cares, it's just a pretty picture hahahahaha.
first glimpse of this work in progress is to be found in the Current Work In Progress Folder!
  • Listening to: Marillion
  • Reading: Gary Gibson - Stealing Light
  • Watching: Carnivale
  • Playing: S.T.A.L.K.E.R.
  • Eating: treacle sponge
  • Drinking: Tea
Taken an age to upload but the dreaming fly is now uploaded along with several work in progress shots of the series taken over the past 8 months or so.
I thought i'd be elated completing them but they have taken so long, been repainted a few times that to finally say enough! they are finished has left me rather deflated. Fortunately i have another 8 pictures i started in the last year to now focus on and these will form the second and possibly third series of The Dreaming Fly. After this comes Carnivale featuring Mr and Mrs Blizzard a phantasmagorical series of insane character portraits portraying the strange and macabre residents of a dark and very dangerous travelling Carnivale. Already designed the first 2 of this series but they shall have to wait while i focus my next weeks/months efforts upon completing the next installment of The Dreaming Fly.
  • Listening to: Dream Theater
  • Reading: china mieville - Kraken
  • Watching: Lawrence Of Arabia
  • Playing: Hopscotch
  • Eating: Mushrooms
  • Drinking: Tea
well i'm staggered that i seem to have been away for so long. Thought it was a couple of months not 8!!!!
in between moving home and town i have today finished the first 5 paintings in my new abstract series called The Dreaming Fly.
sadly i have had a computer crash and lost most of my work in progress shots, but i found a few scattered here and there on my newish laptop. My filing system is not unlike my desk and is full of hidden gems waiting to be rediscovered.
i shall begin uploading series 1 in just a few minutes time.
  • Listening to: Dream Theater
  • Reading: china mieville - Kraken
  • Watching: Sopranos/Carnivalle
  • Drinking: Tea
Just been taking pictures of work in progress as well as finished canveas works. Hope to share them here when i find the patience to upload the pictures.
  • Listening to: Dream Theatre
  • Reading: PF Hamilton's Void trilogy
  • Watching: Rome series 1
  • Drinking: Tea
A very big thank you to my peers who have given me such positive feedback and words of support. I am an artist wracked by very low self belief and very nearly did not submit any of the pieces currently on show here due to lack of belief that it was good enough. It is most flattering and wonderful that my personal estimation of my work is so far off the mark. It fills me with a sense of wonder and delight when anyone favouritises a piece and to each of you my humble thanks. I am growing in confidence and as a result have uploaded Red River Killer which very nearly ended in the trash bin. Perhaps i am a worthy deviant after all and i have found my home here. I hope so.
  • Listening to: DeepExpus Project
  • Reading: PF Hamilton's Nano Flower
  • Watching: Farscape
  • Drinking: Tea
Finally finished uploading my Kaleidoscope series. These were low quality saved images salvaged from an almost dead and corrupted harddrive. Sadly much work was lost as the series ran to over a 100. Now my work is saved on multiple drives and hopefully the horror and dismay of losing work shall not be faced again. Now that i've said that, pc shall catch fire and burn house down, oh woe is me!
If you want your Gods to giggle, tell them your plans!
  • Listening to: Forgin' fate
  • Reading: PF Hamilton's A quantum Murder
been here a month and thought it time to start uploading some of my 'stuff' starting with digital work from the Kaleidoscope series i made last year. Will put up newer acrylic paintings and work in progress as and when i get round to it. hmmm, state the obvious mr. wimpy! oh, and hello, thanks for stopping by.
  • Listening to: Forgin' fate
  • Reading: PF Hamilton's A quantum Murder