“The aim of my work has been to develop in relation to the central discipline of aesthetic and structural balance, and from this formal plastic and creative centre, to express through a realised symbol, my experience and knowledge of humanity.” In these simple words, Kemp summed up the attitude which through constant and determined application made him a vital force in Australian contemporary painting. McCullochs Encyclopedia of Australian Art Alan and Susan McCulloch
Always as the work progressed, Kemps concern was to find and unlock the structure of the painting as it emerged under the free flow of his brush. Each picture was for him a revelation of the truth, the hidden structure and forces that govern the world behind the appearance of things. Like Goethe, he saw every individual work as ‘a fragment of a large confession. Patrick McCaughey, Strange Country, Why Australian Panting Matters.