Peter Kinley

Flowers on a Table

1966–7

Artist
Peter Kinley 1926–1988
Medium
Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions
Support: 1375 x 1830 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Purchased 1994
Reference
T06878

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.

Gallery label, August 2004

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