Cressida Connolly's introduction to the show's catalogue mentions the precedents of Morandi and Gwen John. Certainly Kings' pictures have links to these, as well as to a tradition of English painting between the wars, but there's also something about her work that is unmistakably contemporary. Her picture of the Tay Bridge is a good example: nothing in the view that she has painted would have looked any different 100 years ago, yet her version is very definitely of the late 20th century. There's a softness, a slightly fuzzy out of focus quality that is instantly appealing and which I'm sure will prove to be quietly enduring.
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