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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|
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.
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.
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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