An American artist of diverse accomplishments, Paul King gained professional acclaim early in the 20th century for his seascapes, portraits, landscapes and rural scenes. His versatility combined with technical mastery has become a recognized hallmark of his art. He presented common scenes with such artistic quality that he became quite popular with critics and the buying public.
Born in Buffalo, New York, King apprenticed at an early age to the lithography firm of Cosack & Co., becoming an accomplished lithographer while still in his teens. He studied with H. Siddens Mowbray in New York and later in Holland with Willy Sluiter and Evert Pieters. While still a student, he was an illustrator for Life and Harpers Magazines and a book publisher.
King captured numerous honors for his paintings, including prestigious awards from the Salmagundi Club, and the National Academy of Design. He lived the majority of his life in the German-town section of Philadelphia where he was a board member and vice president of the Philadelphia School of Design. In 1921 he moved to Long Island where he spent the remainder of a very successful career, participating in the recreation of historic Stony Brook Village.