Ken Kiff's Sequence #48 From the Sea to the Shore

Fisher, James (2018) Ken Kiff's Sequence #48 From the Sea to the Shore. In: Ken Kiff the Sequence. Sainsbury Centre Visual Arts UEA, Norwich, p. 49. ISBN 9780946009756

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Abstract

Essay in the catalogue accompanying an exhibition, Ken Kiff: The Sequence, 17th November 2018 – 21st April 2019 at the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, UEA; and associated public talk 7th March 2019 The British painter Ken Kiff (1935-2001) emerged as a powerful force in figurative painting during the 1970s and 80s. He worked as associate artist at the National Gallery in 1993. He has, since this time, drifted from attention and is in some circles considered something of a parochial figure Most available writing on this artist focuses on the formal aspects of his work; colour and composition. Kiff himself often deflected conversation around the narrative content of his imagery. This essay builds on content in my article in Turps Banana (The Comic Power of Ken Kiff’s Sequence, 19, pp.14-21) and presents a reconsideration of the comic power of Kiff’s paintings with particular attention on a painting from the Sequence, a series of works on paper that Kiff made alongside his wider practice for the duration of his career. The essay should be seen in the context of a body of research, including practice-led research, considering the comic potential of artworks. The essay was informed by thinking around my painting practice; just as contemporary debates around art and wellbeing, narrative and the relationship between art and humour are informed by Kiff’s practice. The purpose of the Turps Banana article was to instigate an initiative, with the collector John Talbot, to bring together a significant selection from the Sequence for the first time in the internationally significant exhibition at UEA, and to readdress the issues that are approached in Ken Kiff’s work more widely. The article, talk and exhibition catalogue essay have directly led to a more comprehensive re-examination of Kiff’s practice, which will be presented in part through a wide-ranging contextualized retrospective at the RWA, Bristol in 2022.

Item Type: Book Section
Subjects: N Fine Arts > ND Painting
Divisions: Schools and Research Institutes > School of Arts > Art
Research Priority Areas: Creative Practice as Research
Being Human - Past, Present & Future
Depositing User: James Fisher
Date Deposited: 24 May 2019 10:21
Last Modified: 21 Oct 2019 09:35
URI: http://eprints.glos.ac.uk/id/eprint/6842

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