Kinley didn’t label his work as ‘abstract’, and actively sought to create recognisable objects and figures in his work, describing it instead as ‘translating experience (largely but not exclusively of a visual kind) into paint... I begin with a clear idea of what I intend to paint, but in trying to realize this idea in paint it may be necessary to change the image quite a lot.'
Figure in a Doorway
Date of work
Original: Oil paint on canvas 137.4 x 183 cm Tate. Purchased 1994 © The Estate of Peter Kinley
Peter Kinley ( 1926 - 1988) was a Vienna-born British artist. Born Peter Nikolaus Arthur Eduard Schwarz, as a Jewish child in Vienna during WWII he was evacuated to England as part of the Kindertransport scheme. He later studied art at the Düsseldorf Academy and St Martin's School of Art, teaching at the latter from 1954 onwards. He was married to Monika Wolf, an artist, art dealer, curator and collector.