Kinley explained that he ‘frequently painted animals to reassert, among other things, their right to respect in a culture which accords them only marginal consideration'. A keen supporter of animal rights, in the 1970s he used his work as a platform to explore and promote these ideas.
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Original: Oil paint on canvas 203.3 x 259.2 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.