Basil King is a painter and poet, born in England in 1935 and living in Brooklyn since 1968.
King's syncretic aesthetics have been shaped by his early childhood in WWII London, friendship with poets of the San Francisco Renaissance, apprenticeship to Abstract Expressionist painters Adolph Gottlieb, Robert Motherwell, and Mark Rothko in New York, and by his mentors and friends at Black Mountain College, including Robert Creeley, Charles Olson, and John Wieners.
Since 1958, he has been producing covers and art for poetry books (more than 40 to date). He began to write himself in the 1980s and now writes and paints daily. His books include: mirage: a poem in 22 sections (Marsh Hawk Press 2003), Warp Spasm, Identity, 77 Beasts/Basil King's Beastiary, Learning to Draw/A History (Skylight Press, 2011) .
For more information visit : www.basilking.net.