Tuesday, September 27, 2016
The Black Dragon
I was happy to make the acquaintance of Courtney "Black Dragon" King yesterday. King does commercial work painting storefront windows in various Brooklyn neighborhoods - Bay Ridge, Park Slope & Coney Island - and I stopped to chat as he was touching up the window of Peppino's, on Fifth. His real love is for his personal artwork, & his specialty is portraits of historical and cultural icons. Haile Selassie, Tupac Shakur, Bruce Lee, Michael Jackson & Bob Marley have all appeared in his paintings. He also designs t-shirts, and will paint portraits on commission. King hails from Jamaica, and worked for many years traveling the world as a sailor & bar keeper on cruise ship lines, but these days he's a land-lubber, settled in Coney Island.
On Thursday, King will be exhibiting his work at the Coney Island Library, from 6:00 to 7:45 pm. The library is at 1901 Mermaid Avenue, just four blocks from the Stillwell Avenue subway stop. For more information, you can contact King at the number shown on the flyer (below): 347-628-0138.