John Kiki: Fifty Years in the Figurative Fold02/06/2018
New monograph published by AICA member Keith Roberts
John Kiki: Fifty Years in the Figurative Fold
John Kiki is an English figurative painter with deep roots in the Greek Cypriot community. He trained in the sixties at Camberwell Art School and at the Royal Academy Schools, mentored by Frank Auerbach.He relocated to the East Anglian coast where he continues to make his instantly recognisable, large,figurative paintings. Over the last fifty years his paintings have presented us with a joyous and life-affirming cast of colourful characters engaged in an endless human drama that stretches back to ancient Greece. On the one hand they show ordinary people doing ordinary things, dancing, courting, running, posing,chatting, riding, walking the dog, while on the other they show themes that we would in Renaissancetimes have called ‘history paintings’, with motifs taken from the ancient myths, legends and the Bible.
Kiki comes from a large Mediterranean family, but for a long time now has been embedded, along with his studio, in the seedy, energetic and glittery cradle of Great Yarmouth. The twin poles of Greek Mythology and Seaside Mythology are at the core of his imagination and it seems clear that these two visual and mythic places account, at least in part, for much of the imagery that emerges through his spontaneous working methods. Repeating motifs of horses, riders, centaurs, goddesses, dances, graces, performers and dance macabre all belong just as much in the bustle of the fairground and the seafront as in the ancient myths. And added to this rich source material in his subconscious are the core figurative concerns of western art, the nude, the artist and model and the portrait. This timely new monograph, published just before the artist heard he has been short-listed for the John Moores Painting Prize 2018, covers both his life and work and celebrates five decades of creativity.
Size: 260 x 215 cm, Pages: 196 pp, Illustrations: 249
Price: £22.00 plus £2.95 P&P
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