Project Description

The Ancestor

Listening to God


Azariah King

Azariah King is an artist, photographer and writer working out of St. Louis, Missouri. Catch him on Instagram here and here.

Artist Statement

I have a thing I do when I look at people. Sometimes I observe how their facial structures are composed over their muscles and bone structure. I instantly translate their face, their body, their skin into a messy or clean mental picture of a charcoal drawing or multicolored painting.

I tend to see people in multi-colors. I rarely have a specific message to send through my work, but when I do, it usually pertains to social justice issues like racism, bullying, abuse, etc. I mostly like to capture the beauty of the human face and body, and after taking figure drawing in college, I developed a love and appreciation for the human body regardless of what shape it’s in.

My signature style in painting developed primarily through arranging a clash of warm and cold colors. None of it was intentional—it all developed and evolved over time. Plus I didn’t know how to make flesh tones so I just… went for it.

My influences are first and foremost everything I see, feel and experience, but I’ve always loved comic books, figure drawings, anime, and particularly work by Stephen Bennett, Daniel Leon Hodges, Cbabi Bayoc and Billy Bill.