Today we’d like to introduce you to Athea Eberhardt King.
Athea, please kick things off for us by telling us about yourself and your journey so far.
My father is a full time wildlife painter, I grew up attending his art shows in the Midwest. Both my parents have always been very supportive of me pursuing a career in the arts. It was my father who encouraged me, after I graduated college with my BFA in photography from The Art Institute of Atlanta, to start showing my fine art photography in art festivals. I successful funded my first Kickstarter Campaign to raise the money to start doing art festivals around the southeast.
Can you give our readers some background on your art?
I call my work allegorical portraiture, where I try to tell a story or a piece of a story with each of my photographs. Almost all my work includes models, either professional or friends and family I persuade to model for me if I feel they fit the aesthetic. I spend hours combing through thrift stores to find the right costuming and props for the shoot and then even more time finding the correct location. My work has evolved to be digital illustrations. I spend hours after a photo shoot in Photoshop compiling paper textures and images to give the photograph a dream-like or “painterly” feel. I usually try to leave the narrative of the work open, so that the viewer can finish the story however they see fit. It is more powerful when you are able to connect with art on a personal level. You are not being told how the work should make you feel; you are able to decide that for yourself.
Do you think conditions are generally improving for artists? What more can cities and communities do to improve conditions for artists?
I think being an artist is tough. I think it was always tough though. You have to have a tough skin and be able to push through rejection. If you love what you do and create, chances are someone else out in the world is going to love it too. You just have to find the right market and venue for what you create. There are really many wonderful galleries and art centers in Atlanta that support and promote emerging artists. Getting out there, making connections, meeting people in your arts community face to face, and building relationships is what artists need to do. And it can be hard! But the more you do it, the easier it will get…
What’s the best way for someone to check out your work and provide support?
I currently have a photograph, “Written in the Stars”, in a group exhibition at the Chastain Gallery through July 2018. I also have a couple of photographs on display at The Avalon in Alpharetta with the Alpha Arts Group. My portfolio can be found on my website www.atheaeberhardt.com.
- Website: www.atheaeberhardt.com
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/atheaeberhardtking/
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AtheaEberhardtPhotography/
- Twitter: https://twitter.com/atheaeberhardt
Headshot (personal photo) by David King