Peter Kinley

Walking Figure


Not on display

Peter Kinley 1926–1988
Oil paint on canvas
Support: 1448 × 889 mm
Purchased 1957

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Kinley was born in Vienna. He came to England in 1938, serving in the Army between 1944 and 1948 before studying art in Düsseldorf and London. 'Walking Figure' is one of a number of figure subjects painted early in 1957. When asked about his thoughts on abstract painting, which was becoming fashionable at that time, Kinley replied: 'I do aim to find recognisable images in my painting; this does not imply a return to 'Realism' or 'Naturalism' in the 19th century sense, but of translating experience (largely but not exclusively of a visual kind) into paint... I begin with a clear idea of what I intend to paint, but in trying to realize this idea in paint it may be necessary to change the image quite a lot.'

Gallery label, September 2004

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Catalogue entry

Inscr. ‘Kinley’ b.l.
Canvas, 57×35 (145×89).
Purchased from Gimpel Fils (Grant-in-Aid) 1957.
Exh: Gimpel Fils, March 1957 (5), as ‘Standing Figure No.2’.

The artist painted a number of figure subjects early in 1957. This example is one of a series of upright compositions, having been preceded by ‘Standing Figure No.1’ (Arts Council Collection; repr. Studio, CLVII, 1959, p.144) and ‘Standing Figure No.3’, also exhibited in March 1957 (4 and 6); it was followed by a larger ‘Walking Figure’, and the change in the title of T00130 was made by the artist. A number of small oil sketches connected with this group of works were in the same exhibition.

Published in:
Mary Chamot, Dennis Farr and Martin Butlin, The Modern British Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture, London 1964, I


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