ARTIST STATEMENT -- REFLECTIONS
" the reverence created by the aesthetics of modern technology."
My interest has always been in the creativity of Art and Science , to see the meaning in the world around us. On the 4 th July 2005, a NASA rocket was programmed to collide with a comet passing between the Earth and the Sun.
In the spectrum of light, passing through the ejected debris, generated by the collision, scientists on Earth identified the presence of the four elements that could have evolved into living entities. This scientific voyage corroborated the Ancient Indigenous Australian's belief in Gai- um - Garm that Life came from the Stars."
" I come from a Family of Builders going back to 1722 Moulton, Yorshire and my Father James Digby Percival Kitching was a military trained engineer / builder who built an oil refinery in Hull , UK and was deployed to North Africa. After WW11 the Family migrated to Australia where my father had a secure job to build Kernell Oil Refinery,1952 Botany Bay, Sydney. So the combination of art / science and building / technology come very naturally to me and my Art is the reverence I give
to the meaning of life."
MIKE KITCHING - BIOGRAPHY
Born 1940 , Hull , England, arrived in Australia 1952. Lives and works in Lovett Bay , Pittwater , Sydney NSW.
1983 Barry Stern Gallery , Paddington Sydney
1971 Works and Commissions John Kaldor 75 Flinders Lane , Melbourne
1967 Kim Bonython ,Hungry Horse Gallery, Sydney Anne Von Bertouch Galleries, Newcastle, NSW
1966 Barry Stern Galleries, Paddington ,Sydney, Violet Dulieu , South Yarra Gallery , Melbourne
1966 Georges Gallery, Wollongong
1965 Barry Stern Galleries, Paddington, Sydney, Anne Von Bertouch Gallery , Newcastle NSW
1964 Barry Stern Galleries, Paddington, Sydney
1963 Hinke Ziek, Studio 183, Edgecliff, Sydney.
2017 Woollahra Sculpture, Sydney
2014 Macquarie University Gallery " Fields of Vision " Sydney
2014 Sculpture in the Vineyards, Wollombi NSW
2013 Sculpture @ Scenic World , Blue Mountains NSW
2011 Manly Art Gallery " Keeping Company " , Sydney
2009 Woollahra Sculpture , Sydney
2007 Woollahra Sculpture, Sydney
2006 Newport Art Works Gallery ,Pittwater Arts Festival , Avalon , Sydney
1972 Comalco Invitation Award for Aluminiun, Geelong Art Gallery , Victoria
1968 " The Field " National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne and the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney.
1967 Mildura Prize for Sculpture , Mildura Arts Center, Victoria
1966 Blaxland Gallery , Sydney
1966 Heidi Museum of Modern Art, Victoria.
1966 Australian Painting , Los Angeles and San Francisco, USA, Mertz Collection USA.
1963 Contemporary Art Society , Melbourne , Victoria.
2000 Australian Business Arts Foundation, Champion Cultural Project for the
" Australia Bells "
1979 Australian Design Award , Prince Philip Award.
1967 Alcorso - Sekers Travelling Scholarship Flotto Lauro Travelling Scholarship. Mildura Purchase Prize, Mildura Prize for Sculpture
1966 Berrima Prize, Farmer's Sculpture Prize, Musswelbrook Art Prize
1965 Young Contemporaries Prize
1964 Blake Prize for religious Art, Contemporary Art Society, Tafts Fashion Design Award
Mike's work is held in many other Public and Private Galleries Nationally and Internationally
he is represented in numerous Private and Public collections.
COMMISSIONS for CANBERRA, SYDNEY , MELBOURNE , BALLARAT and BANGKOK.
Dr Jean Battersby represented Mike for over 30 years and they collaborated with a rare skill and ease of intuitive knowledge.
Between 1976 and 2016 Mike has been commissioned for many Government and Corporate Collections
his most outstanding work commissioned by the Italian Community " Nel Aria " @ Sydney Town Hall to
Celebrate the Centenary of Guglielmo Marconi who sent the first wireless message from England to Australia and he lit Sydney
Town Hall lights by radio signal from his yacht in the Mediterranean 1918 , our communications have come along way since this
first wireless message.
2016 Simon Storey , private commission , Ballarat , Victoria.
ARTIST in RESIDENCE
1968 Umbria/ Tuscany,Italy & London/ Oxford, Essex,England
1969 Gstaad , Switzerland.
1980 College of Fine Arts , University of New South Wales --- SYDNEY.
2002 Chateau de La Rochefoucauld , Charente ---- FRANCE.
2016 Villa Maiano, Fiesole , Firenze ---- ITALY.
Mike Kitching is currently represented by Robyn Berkeley --- Berkeley Editions , Fine Art ,Sydney.