Michael Kitching (Born 1940)
mixed media on board
90 x 120 cm
signed and dated lower right
0419 540 162
Perimeral is an early career painting by leading Australian artist and sculptor, Michael Kitching. It was painted in 1963, the year before he won Australia’s Blake prize for painting.
Kitching’s early paintings like Perimeral express his keen interest in astronomy and use of a very thick impasto painting technique. Paint is laid on an area of the surface in very thick layers, usually thick enough that the brush or painting-knife strokes are visible. When dry, impasto provides texture; the paint appears to be coming out of the canvas. He used this technique for several purposes. First, it made the light reflect in a particular way. Second, it added expressiveness to the painting. Third, and most significant in Kitching’s work impasto pushed a piece from a painting to a three-dimensional sculptural rendering.
Not long after he painted Perimeral he won the Australian Fashion Fabrics Arts Award, sponsored by Sydney businessman, Roy H. Taffs. He won £750 the richest award of its kind in the world at the time. His paintings were made up into fabric for ladies suits and dresses.
Michael Kitching’s work is in many Public Collections including: National Gallery of Australia, Mildura Arts Centre, Art Gallery of West Australia, Maritime Museum, Sydney, Queen Victoria Museum, TAS, Newcastle Regional Museum, Newcastle Art Gallery, Mertz Collection, USA, Queensland Art Gallery, Ballarat Fine Art Gallery, Gold Coast cultural Centre.