Sally King Benedict is an Atlanta-based contemporary artist known for her vibrant and highly sought-after abstract paintings.
Born in Atlanta, Benedict developed an appreciation for beauty and art at a young age via her parents and their collections. She grew up next door to acclaimed art collector Doug Macon for whom her mother sold art. Via his gallery she was exposed to contemporary artists and she credits this upbringing for her, now successful, path.
After high school, Benedict went into the studio art program at the College of Charleston. While studying art, she worked for the interior designer Kathleen Rivers and jewelry designer Janet Gregg. These two bosses would prove to jumpstart Benedict’s career. With their support, an undergrad Benedict hosted her first show in Gregg’s Charleston King Street studio. And, the rest is history.
Now in her twelfth year as a professional artist, Benedict has made a national reputation for herself finding visual inspiration in her everyday world. Benedict paints modern mixed media works that range from her well-known female visages to pure abstract, all of which display her originality and playful, adventurous approach to color. Featuring rich colors, texture and expressive lines, her abstract paintings exhibit Benedict’s strong visual voice, capturing the spirit and feel of both a new and bygone era.
Benedict’s artwork and eye for all things design have captured the praise and attention of art enthusiasts, designers and press alike. She was named a “Most Stylish Southerner’ by Southern Living and has been featured in regional and national publications including Elle Décor, Architectural Digest, Coastal Living, Good Grit, Domino and Garden & Gun, among others.
“When I began this journey, my motivation was to pursue my passion and talent, challenge myself and make people happy…all while making a career,” says Benedict. “Today, my motivation is to maintain the integrity of fine art while growing the business into new markets and next level, art-forward product spaces.”
When Benedict isn’t painting or running the business, she can be found entertaining her other interests, which include music, yoga, gardening, cooking, wine and food, architecture, traveling, reading and outdoor adventuring with her family, including her husband, their 7-year-old son, dog and two cats.
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What You’ll Learn in This Episode
- Sally King Benedict’s art and background
- How COVID-19 has affected Sally’s business
- Her free coloring pages for at home activity
- How art therapy can help during the quarantine