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Michael Kempson

(Australia 1961 – )

Title
Regret
Year
2002
Media category
Print
Materials used
colour etching, aquatint, open bite, deep etch on cream Arches paper
Edition
4/20
Dimensions

29.5 x 49.4 cm platemark; 41.0 x 61.0 cm sheet

Signature & date
Signed and dated l.r., penci "M Kempson/ 02".
Credit
Gift of the staff of the Art Gallery of New South Wales 2008
Accession number
176.2008
Location
Not on display
Further information

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.

Bibliography (1)

Anne Ryan (Curator), Sydney prints: 45 years of the Sydney Printmakers, Sydney, 2006, (colour illus.). not paginated

Exhibition history (1)

Sydney Prints: 45 years of the Sydney Printmakers: