Roger Kemp, "Flight in space I", c.1960–c.1965. Enamel paint on composition board, 136.8 x 183cm. National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne. Purchased through The Art Foundation of Victoria with the assistance of the National Gallery Society of Victoria, Governor, 1983 © Kemp Trust.

Roger Kemp: Visionary Modernist

National Gallery of Victoria
8/22/19 to 3/15/20

From pastel fields of bending trees to dense canvases of deep colour, reminiscent of stained glass windows, the career of the late artist Roger Kemp—widely considered one of Australiaʼs great innovators in the field of abstract art—saw many shifts of focus and progressions into complexity. The “Roger Kemp: Visionary Modernist” exhibition at the National Gallery of Victoria is the most comprehensive retrospective of the artistʼs work to date, following his career from his earliest symbolic landscapes and angular dancing figures, through to later works where emotional intensity is conveyed through heightened geometric abstraction.