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Space and Colour I
© the artist's estate. Photo credit: Leicestershire County Council Artworks Collection

Space and Colour I 1971

Peter Kalkhof (1933–2014)

Leicestershire County Council Artworks Collection

Painter and teacher, born in Stassfurt, Germany, working in acrylic on canvas, hardboard, paper and plywood. He attended an evening class at School of Arts & Crafts, Braunschweig, 1952–5; was at Academy of Fine Arts, Stuttgart, 1956–60; did a postgraduate course at Slade School of Fine Art, 1960–1; then was at École des Beaux-Arts, Paris, 1962. Went on to teach at Reading University. Kalkhof said that his main concern was “the abstract phenomena of colour and space”. Ancient cities, museums and nature with its climates and seasons were of key importance. In 1987 Kalkhof was commissioned to carry out a mural for the Treaty Centre, Hounslow, for Taylor Woodrow Group. Kalkhof’s many mixed exhibitions included Galerie am Bohlweg, Braunschweig, 1962; University of East Anglia, Norwich, 1971; Towner Art Gallery, Eastbourne, 1972; British Painting ’74, Hayward Gallery, 1974; Camden Arts Centre, 1981; and The Seventies, Brixton Art Gallery, 1985.

Text source: 'Artists in Britain Since 1945' by David Buckman (Art Dictionaries Ltd, part of Sansom & Company)

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