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 Marcia Gygli King  (1931 - 2011)

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Lived/Active: New York/Texas/Ohio      Known for: abstract botanical painting

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Following is the obituary of the artist from The Plain Dealer, Cleveland, Ohio, January 23, 2011, http://obits.cleveland.com/obituaries/cleveland/obituary.aspx?n=marcia-gygli-king&pid=148044093

KING MARCIA GYGLI KING, noted artist of San Antonio, Texas and New York, passed away January 18, 2011 after a long battle with leukemia.  Mrs. King was born in Cleveland, Ohio June 4, 1931 to Robert and Ruth Farr Gygli.  She attended Laurel School in Shaker Heights, Ohio and received a BA in English from Smith College.  She did post graduate work at the Corcoran School of Art in Washington, DC and received a Master of Fine Arts from the University of Texas San Antonio.

Mrs. King moved from Texas to New York City in 1979 as her art career prospered but she continued to return to her home in San Antonio throughout her life and lived at home in San Antonio in her final years.  In 2009, her 40 year Retrospective of work was on display simultaneously at three institutions in San Antonio: San Antonio Museum of Art, Southwest School of Arts and Crafts and the University of Texas at San Antonio.

She spent her summers in Sagaponack, New York, where she painted, enjoyed the beach and the special light of Long Island with her family and friends.  She had numerous one-person and group shows at galleries, museums and colleges and received wide-spread critical acclaim.

Her work can be seen in museums such as the Guggenheim and Brooklyn Museums in New York, Newark Museum, Cleveland Museum of Art, San Antonio Museum of Art, McNay Museum of Art and National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, DC.  She also sold to private collectors around the world and notable corporate collections such as Clear Channel Communications, Goldman Sachs, Phillip Morris, British Petroleum, Continental Life Insurance and others.

The art critic Grace Glueck commented recently on her work: "Marcia King was a dynamic and inventive artist who shunned trendy art world modes and movements to focus on her own vision.  Her passionate paintings, tempered by humor, covered a broad range, from tumultuous landscapes to keenly-observed floral specimens; from deeply-felt portrayals of humans and animals to salient narratives of the human condition.  As she worked, she developed ingenious techniques to enhance her expansive large-scale images, notably that of surrounding them with exuberant frames that became part of the painting, often spilling over into the viewer's space. What she did, she did with deep conviction; she was an artist who would not be swayed from her own humanistic path." 

Mrs. King was an energetic person who loved life, her family and many friends.  She had wide-ranging interests including art, style, business and philosophy.  She enjoyed long walks and bike rides with her two sons and her five grandchildren whether in Texas or Long Island. Her family and its history were important to her and she researched her roots back to Switzerland where she arranged a trip with her two boys to meet their distant Swiss cousins.

She is survived by her loving sons Rollin W. King, Jr. of San Antonio and Edward P. King and daughter-in-law Wendy D. King of Dallas, her five grandchildren Ann E., Ellie, Rollin III, Prescott and Charlie King and her niece Lynn Gygli MacDougall of Newport Beach, California. A memorial service will be held at St. Luke's Episcopal Church in San Antonio, Texas on Friday, January 28th at 4:00 pm.

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