An image of Revolving forms

Roger Kemp

(Australia 04 Jul 1908 – 14 Sep 1987)

Revolving forms

Not on display
Further information

Roger Kemp was a prodigious artist who produced a significant body of symbolic-abstract work of stunning power and conviction in a career spanning over 50 years. He began his studies in the mid 1930s at the National Gallery of Victoria Art School, and early inspiration came from the school’s library, where he pored over reproductions of the old masters, particularly El Greco, Daumier and Raphael. Another key influence at this time was the Theosophy movement, which combined elements of Buddhism, Hinduism, Christian mysticism and scientific philosophy.

From these diverse interests, Kemp began to develop his own language of symbolic visual forms, which included his own direct interpretation of music. In 'Revolving forms', Kemp uses a palette of blues, reds and white, set within a black armature which is reminiscent of Gothic stained glass, as well as the spiritually-charged work of the French painter Georges Rouault.

(circa 1960-circa 1965)
enamel and oil on hardboard
135.3 x 150.6 cm sight; 145.2 x 160.5 x 3.2 cm frame
Gift of Merle Kemp 1994
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© Reproduced with permission