Ken Kiff: The Sequence

17 November 2018–21 April 2019

Exhibition Overview


Ken Kiff, KK S15 Red face, spilt cup, sunface, man and tree.

Ken Kiff (1935–2001), was one of the most original artists working in Britain at the end of the 20th century. Widely considered to be one of the most important artists of his generation, Kiff spent his career exploring issues that fused the complexity of the individual psyche with everyday life. This major exhibition is the first showing of his work in a public gallery for over 25 years, and comes at a time when many are re-appraising Kiff’s unique contribution.

This show focuses on selected works from the artist’s seminal series The Sequence. Begun in the 1970s and regarded by Kiff as a single work, The Sequence was an ongoing series of vivid paintings on paper that explored a consistent set of themes and images. In some ways, Kiff was seeking to create a contemporary mythology and symbolism. Within the images, figurative elements fluidly combine with abstract forms. This, coupled with his use of colour, results in an utterly distinctive visual language. Ken Kiff: The Sequence at the Sainsbury Centre will be the biggest ever single display of this significant body of work.

(Photo courtesy of Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts.)

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