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An image of Constellation by Roger Kemp

Roger Kemp

(Australia 04 Jul 1908 – 14 Sep 1987)

circa 1973-circa 1974
Media category
Materials used
etching on four magnesium plates, black ink printed on two sheets of Torinoko paper

170.0 x 121.4 cm overall, platemarks; 97.0 x 152.0 cm; 99.5 x 152.0 cm two sheets; 240.0 x 158.0 x 5.0 cm frame

Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
Gift of Merle Kemp 1993
Accession number
© Estate of Roger Kemp
Not on display
Further information

Roger Kemp was born at Bendigo, Victoria. He studied at the National Gallery School, Melbourne 1930-35 and RMIT. Kemp first made prints in 1970 while in London with the encouragement of Arthur Boyd. The 12 small drypoints that were the result of these experiments were printed by Boyd's printer, John Hull. Upon his return to Melbourne in 1972, Kemp made prints at a workshop newly established by George Baldessin and Tate Adams in the Winfield Building. John Dent, one of the printers in the new venture, re-printed some of Kemp's London drypoints, and with the encouragement of Baldessin, Kemp began to make larger and more ambitious plates. He preferred his images to be printed with a lot of ink and plate tone; all were printed with black ink on white paper.

This is Kemp's biggest and most ambitious etching, although for many years it was unknown. It was editioned, but not signed or dated when made, and stored until it was exhibited in 1989. It was printed at Prahran Technical College, because its large size required a larger press than that available at the Winfield Building studio.

Hendrik Kolenberg and Anne Ryan, 'Australian prints from the Gallery's collection', Art Gallery of New South Wales, 1998

Bibliography (4)

Sasha Grishin, Parallel visions: works from the Australian collection, 'Roger Kemp / Godfrey Miller', pg. 104-115, Sydney, 2002, 144.

Bruce James, The Sydney Morning Herald, 'Milking works for a moment in the sun', pg. 13, Sydney, 03 Apr 2002, 13. Review of 'Parallel Visions' exhibition

Hendrik Kolenberg and Anne Ryan, Australian prints from the Gallery's collection, Sydney, 1998, 110 (illus.). 91

Hendrik Kolenberg, Roger Kemp: the complete etchings, Sydney, 1991, 53, 54 (illus.). 34

Exhibition history (4)

Roger Kemp etchings (1991), Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 31 Jan 1991–07 Apr 1991

Australian prints from the Gallery's collection (1998-1999), Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 06 Nov 1998–07 Feb 1999

Parallel Visions: Twenty-two artists from the Australian collection, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 22 Feb 2002–May 2003

Australian abstraction 1965-1985: from the collection, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 09 Dec 2006–25 Jan 2007