Basil King is a prolific artist and writer. He was born in England before World War II and came to the United States in 1947 at the age of 12. He attended Black Mountain College as a teenager in the 1950's. After Black Mountain College, King went on to complete an apprenticeship as an abstract expressionist in San Francisco and New York.
He has been living and working in Brooklyn since 1968, and during that time, he has taken his art “from the abstract to the figure, from the figure to the abstract.” In 1980 he began writing, and since then both writing and painting have become part of his daily practice.His books include Mirage: a poem in 22 sections, Warp spasm, Identity, 77 Beasts/ Basil King’s Beastiary, Talisman#36/37, and In the Field Where Daffodils Grow, Short Stories.