“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.

VIEW AWARDS AND REPRESENTATION

AWARDS

1944 Bendigo Art Prize

1956 Olympic Games Memorial Arts Festival Bronze Medal

1961 John McCaughey Memorial Prize

1964 Darcy Morris Prize; Albury prize

1965 Georges Art Prize; Transfield Prize

1968 Blake Prize; International Cooperation Art Award

1970 Blake Prize

1973 Distinguished Artists & Scholars Award, Visual Arts Board Australian Council

1977 OBE; Silver Jubilee Medal

1984 Hon. Doctorate of Law Monash University

1986 Painters and Sculptors Award for outstanding contribution to Australian Art

1987 AO for services to the Arts

SELECTED COMMISSIONS

National Gallery of Victoria – Suite of Six Tapestries (The Great Hall)

Monash University – Tapestry (Blackwood Hall)

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2010 Australian Club Melbourne

1993 McClelland Gallery ‘Roger Kemp Early Works’

1991 Roger Kemp ‘The Complete Etchings’ Art Gallery of NSW – then on National Tour

1986 National Gallery of Victoria Spoleto Festival ‘Roger Kemp Sacred Images’

1978 -1980 National Gallery of Victoria ‘Cycles and Directions’ with concurrent exhibitions held at Monash University Gallery, Victorian College of the Arts, Realities and Melbourne University Gallery. This exhibition then travelled to several Victorian Regional galleries and finally in 1980 to the Art Gallery of New South Wales

1975 University of Melbourne Art Gallery

1973 Mornington Peninsula Art Gallery

1971 Commonwealth Art Gallery London

SELECTED RECENT GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2015  ‘Triumph of Modernism’ TarraWarra Gallery

2013 – 2014 ‘Vibrant Matter’ TarraWarra Gallery

2011 ‘OUT OF AUSTRALIA Prints and Drawings’ British Museum

2010  ‘Sight & Sound Music and Abstraction in Australian Art’ The Art Centre Melbourne

2009  ‘Cubism & Australia Art’ Heide Museum of Art Victoria

2009  ‘Creative Australia and the Ballet Russes’ The Art Centre Melbourne, Victoria Regional Tour

2009  ‘A Partial View’ The University of WA Art Collection

1998  ‘Seeing Cezanne: Australian Affinities’ The Art Gallery of NSW

REPRESENTED

British Museum, London

National Gallery of Australia, Canberra

National Gallery of Victoria

The Art Gallery of NSW

Queensland Art Gallery

Heide Museum of Art Melbourne

Art Gallery Of SA

Art Gallery of WA

Queen Victoria Museum & Art Gallery

Tasmanian Museum & Art Gallery

Museum & Art Gallery of NT

REGIONAL GALLERIES

Ballarat, Benalla, Bendigo, Burnie, Castlemaine, Geelong, McClelland,

Mornington, Rockhampton, Shepparton, Warnambool, Wollongong

CORPORATE COLLECTIONS

Alcoa Australia, ANZ Bank, National Australia Bank, Westpac Bank

UNIVERSITY COLLECTIONS

Australian National University, Deakin University Geelong, Macquarie

University Sydney, Monash University, The University of Melbourne,

University of Western Australia Perth.

Roger Kemp, Decoration on Schema, acrylic on canvas, c.1960-1970,  126x228cm, price on enquiry
Roger Kemp, Decoration on Schema, acrylic on canvas, c.1960-1970, 126x228cm, price on enquiry
Roger Kemp, Untitled (No. 123), acrylic on paper, 151x259cm, price on enquiry
Roger Kemp, Untitled (No. 123), acrylic on paper, 151x259cm, price on enquiry
Roger Kemp, Untitled, (No. 97), acrylic on paper, 151x300cm, price on enquiry
Roger Kemp, Untitled, (No. 97), acrylic on paper, 151x300cm, price on enquiry
Roger Kemp, Untitled c.1979 acrylic on paper, 151x300cm, price on enquiry
Roger Kemp, Untitled c.1979 acrylic on paper, 151x300cm, price on enquiry
Roger Kemp, Untitled, 1956, Enamel on board, 83x137cm, price on enquiry
Roger Kemp, Untitled, 1956, Enamel on board, 83x137cm, price on enquiry
Roger Kemp, Untitled, 1960, enamel on board, 82x103cm, price on enquiry
Roger Kemp, Untitled, 1960, enamel on board, 82x103cm, price on enquiry
Roger Kemp, Untitled, 1964, enamel on board, 91x121cm, price on enquiry
Roger Kemp, Untitled, 1964, enamel on board, 91x121cm, price on enquiry
Roger Kemp, Rhythm Two, 1974, etching, 24/35, 60x90cm $3900
Roger Kemp, Rhythm Two, 1974, etching, 24/35, 60x90cm $3900