Peter Kinley Flowers on a Table 1966–7

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Peter Kinley 1926–1988
Flowers on a Table
Date 1966–7
Medium Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions Support: 1375 x 1830 mm
Acquisition Purchased 1994
Not on display

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In Flowers on a Table, Kinley applies his rigorous eye to traditional still life. The subject has been abstracted and flattened into a single, concise shape. Through painting, Kinley sought to fuse the visible world with an inner world of recollection and emotion. He wrote, 'What I really didn't want to do was to paint illusionistic space'. The symmetrical composition and the fusion of the table and flower forms suggest a ritualistic significance beyond the purely domestic. This hieratic treatment of familiar objects recalls the conventions of Egyptian wall painting, an influence which stems from Kinley's fascination with Egyptian art.

August 2004

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