(Australia 1961 – )
29.5 x 49.4 cm platemark; 41.0 x 61.0 cm sheet
Michael Kempson trained in Sydney at Alexander Mackie CAE 1980-81, City Art Institute 1982-83, Sydney CAE 86-87, and COFA 1992-96. He is Senior Lecturer and Co-ordinator of Printmaking Studies at COFA and Director of Cicada Press at the University of New South Wales. Kempson’s work sources a range of material using personal experience, frequently articulated through oblique forms. In the work offered here, 'Regret', he situates a large bull amidst a rocky 'desert' - an absurd context for such a creature and characteristic of the artist’s dry wit. The image is self-referential and has a more sombre underlying theme however, since it arose towards the end of a long relationship when he himself felt unable to function in unfamiliar terrain.
Anne Ryan (Curator), Sydney prints: 45 years of the Sydney Printmakers, Sydney, 2006, (colour illus.). not paginated
Sydney Prints: 45 years of the Sydney Printmakers: