Jon Aedyn King aka 'Aedyn Jak' is a multimedia artist, writer and director, from Malta and Northern Ireland. He uses the pen name Aedyn Jak for his books and the work that goes into those books; written, audio or visual, as well as some artworks. He applies the name Jon Aedyn King for everything else, specifically his audio-visual work on YouTube, screenwriting and film work.
Before explaining what Jon does, it is worthwhile to first note that Jon is a researcher, an observer, traveler, reader - a predilection to be a student of life. He has an unusual take on the universe and the things he witnesses around. It is that curiosity which amplifies his range of media and his artistic strides are reflected through that filter.
has three books to his name; Disquiet Milk (2015), Magic Rope (2017) and PostHuman Blaze (2018). The books are an art combination of fiction poetry and prose as well as imagery. The thick debut Disquiet Milk's black and white gothic illustrations, parasitic poetry and sinister short stories received an interview in the Times of Malta and the publication earned an immediate audience. The second book, Magic Rope with its supernatural short stories and dark theme poetry received a contract with a New York agent in 2017 and moved into a digital market. He finalised his third publication PostHuman Blaze in December 2018, a blend of future download poetry and illustrated photography. Jak used himself as a visual canvas in this publication, which incidentally became part of the Aedyn Jak universe to compliment the writing. Using his face and body as symbolic canvas, we see the visual momentum Jak is becoming known for. Continuing and yet departing from his previous three works, he is currently working on his 4th publication In Communion with Gods which is set for release in Autumn 2020. Jak's writing style, which certainly doesn't hold back, has been described as gothic, subconscious, intense, spiritual, subversive and futuristic.
Jon's art varies between high-octane colour to monochrome - from gothic ink illustrations to vivid canvas paintings. As stated before, some art is created for his publications. More recently, Jon started painting on wood a few years ago to feng shui a space by creating naive trees or houses. Finding and rescuing more and more pieces of wood, he has since developed a unique style on wood, with bright and vivid works ranging from the supernatural, to the whimsical, the extra-terrestrial to the haunting, from giants to mythic creatures, totems to landscapes. The process of wood-painting takes more preparation and the wood sometimes dictates the eventual piece. One thing is for sure, everything he paints or draws, is an accurate representation of the multiverses he is deeply interested in.
He wrote and directed his first independent feature film, a mystery called; Case At Riddle Crossing in Tennessee in 2014. Following that, he wrote and directed a short film A Mocking Mile Tale in February 2018 - in collaboration with the Malta Film Commission which premiered in June 2019 and won best short at the Moody Crab film festival in India. Jon also hosts a YouTube channel he created jonkingx; a mixture of short video narratives, tongue n' cheek social commentary and poetry montages. The channel has amassed well over 350,000 views.
Jon studied in Malta and Australia, receiving a BA in Psychology & Communications and an MA in Film & Digital Image in Sydney. Magnetised to places far-away, he has spent a good portion of life living in the US, New Zealand, Brazil and Lithuania to name a few. With a thirst for adventure, he seeks out nature and archaeology, active exploration and does not shy away from an adrenalin rush. He has a sharp curiosity in many things - from science to science-fiction, history, mythologies, art, archaeology, nature, music and the spiritual, all of which gets channelled into his work.