Peter Kinley 1926-1988

Peter Kinley was a painter of near-abstract landscape and figure subjects.


He was born in Vienna and came to England in 1938, his father was Jewish and the family was forced to leave after the Anschluss in 1938. He was sent to Lytham St  Anne’s and was fostered by a Catholic family; his parents were interned in France. Kinley served in the Army from 1944-8 and then studied at Düsseldorf Academy 1948-9 and at St Martin's School of Art 1949-53. He exhibited in the 'Six Young Contemporaries' exhibition at Gimpel Fils in 1951 and 1953 and was influenced by the de Staël exhibition in London in 1953. Kinley's first one-man show was in London at Gimpel Fils in 1954 and in New York at Paul Rosenberg & Co. in January 1961. He  studied at Düsseldorf Academy and later at St Martin’s School of Art,  where he also taught. His knowledge of Islamic art and architecture led, in the  early 1960s, to an interest in other Eastern cultures, especially Indian. He  began to collect Indian paintings and artefacts, and Indian systems of colour  and composition bore a correspondence to his own search for a language in which  objects (people, houses, aeroplanes) could be expressed with all the clarity of  an image, but with no loss of subtlety. His work is published in Mary Chamot, Dennis Farr and Martin Butlin, 'The Modern British Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture', London 1964. He left London  in 1970 to teach at Bath   Academy, and his work  began to reflect his more rural existence. He saw his own work as being  figurative, not in the 19th Century sense of realism or naturalism, but as  based on observation of the subject. Kinley died in September 1988.


Artwork by Kinley features in public collections including the Tate, Arts Council, Albright, Buffalo, Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney.