Franz Kempf: Reflections on the Bashevis Singers
Born in Melbourne in 1926, Franz Kempf is best known as a painter, print-maker and teacher. He studied at the Prahran Technical College in 1942 and then went onto study at the Swinburne Technical College between 194 and 1945 before going onto the National Gallery of Victoria School in 1946. He travelled widely during the 1950s and 1960s, studying at the Perugia University, Italy and printmaking in Israel. Franz is best known for his meticulous abstract firmly structured paintings and prints and he exhibited his works widely including over 18 solo exhibitions and a number of group exhibitions. Franz' works of art are represented in the major art galleries of Australia, Artbank Parliament House as well as overseas in the Victoria and Albert Museum, London and museums in Israel.
The Work of Art
Centi Anni is a colourful lithographic print published by Druckma in a portfolio of eight significant artist works in 1978. Centi Anni is structured on a number of levels. There are black and white images, some of which are clearly images from the past hundred years, with layers of blue and orange overlapping and broadening the image's appeal. One could say that its a riot of shapes and images. A similar image, has a Reflections on the Bashevis singers more disjointed effect with the use of shapes and images reminiscent of post-modern art.
Similar effects can be found in other works of art in the University of Canberra's Art Collection. Observer and Observed by Robert Boynes uses a similar technique on a larger scale- layers of colour over an enlarged image. These works of art also portray some of the influences from the 1960s and 1970s when pop-art was highly fashionable and sets of images were used combined with different layers of colour.