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Artist Biography

1940-2019

Mike Kitching was one of Australia’s leading sculptors. Born in Hull, Yorkshire, England in 1940, Kitching often visited galleries and museums with his father James Digby Percival Kitching, a military trained engineer and builder who was responsible for building two major oil refineries in the UK during WW11.

It was through his father’s creative influence that Kitching’s love of art was founded, teaching him also how to work, construct and create with his hands. Kitching left for Australia at 12 years of age. With no formal training, he won the Blake Prize in 1964 when he was 24 years old – the youngest artist to win the award (a title he held for over 50 years). He exhibited his work in Australia and abroad throughout the 1960’s. He won numerous art prizes, scholarships and awards for his sculptural work. He died in Sydney in 2019.
National Gallery of Australia, ACT
Deakin University, VIC
Museum of Contemporary Art
University of West Australia
University of Technology & Science
Geelong University, VIC
Geelong Art Gallery, VIC
Mildura Arts Centre
Muswellbrook Art Gallery
New England Art Gallery
Art Gallery of West Australia
City Arts Institute Collection
Ivan Dougherty Gallery
Maritime Museum, Sydney
Queen Victoria Museum, TAS
Newcastle Regional Museum
Newcastle Art Gallery
Mertz Collection, USA
Queensland Art Gallery
National Library, ACT
Ballarat Fine Art Gallery
Penrith Art Gallery Lewers Bequest
Australian National University
Gold Coast cultural Centre
News Limited
John Kaldor
Peter Weiss
Adele Weiss
Telstra O T C
Horwitz Publications
Lend Lease
Stuart Alexander
AMA Limited
St George Bank
Comalco
Fairchild Australia
ICM Limited
Law Courts Ltd
Remington
The Douglas Practice
Qantas
Walton Enterprises
Century Custom Services
General Industrial Plastics, London
Corrigan Collection
Taffs Prize for Painting
Blake Prize for Religious Art
Young Contemporaries Art Prize
RAS Farmers Sculpture Prize
Manly Art Prize
Muswellbrook Art Prize
Berrima Art Prize
Queen Victoria Museum Prize
Mildura Purchase Prize
Arthur Phillip Sculpture Prize
Australia Business Arts Foundation
Champion Cultural project for the “Australia Bells”
Alcorso – Sekers Travelling Scholarship (Kaldor Family)
Flotta Lauro Travelling Scholarship