I have often talked about art as one way of surviving… of making life possible.’
Peter Kinley was born in Vienna in 1926. He arrived as a refugee in Britain in 1938 and served in the British army between 1944-48. He studied at Staatliche Kunstakademie in Düsseldorf and at St Martin’s School of Art in London, where he went onto have his first solo exhibition in 1954. After seeing the work of Nicolas de Stael, he began to develop a similarly reductive palette knife style and approach to abstract form. By the late 1950s and early 1960s, Kinley concentrated on painting single figure compositions, often posing his heavily abstracted totem-like figures in closely cropped, anonymous interiors. He adopted a more thinly painted, outlined colour field style, and a plasticity of form akin to that of Matisse.
He had shows all over the world throughout his career, in galleries across America, Europe, India and Australia.
Kinley died shortly after retiring from his Corsham post in 1988.