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— Biography of Peter Kaiser

Peter Kaiser was born in Berlin in 1918. After studying at the Berlin Academy between 1936-38, he was in Britain at the outbreak of the war and consequently interned, together with a number of German nationals, who were all dispatched to Australia on the Dunera in 1940.  After a period in detention, he was employed in an architect’s office in Sydney till the end of the war and from 1945 to 1950 lived at Merioola, that sophisticated and bohemian house in Sydney, where he made firm friendships with a number of artist fellow residents.  In the early 1950's he married into the Jones family (the noted Melbourne commercial family, and owners of Ripponlea) and shortly after he and his wife left for France, basing themselves in the Provence village of Tourettes sur Loup.


His first French works were late cubist in approach but by the mid 50s had advanced into a pure form of tachism – thickly applied paint layered, scored and scratched.  He showed at significant galleries – Redfern (through his Merioola connection with Harry Tatlock Miller) in London and Il Milione in Milan. From about 1957 the work took on a more restrained approach with greater focus given to surface texture and collage, often incorporating hessian and abraded paper.  These paintings, influenced to a greater or lesser extent by the Spanish art of the era (specifically Tapies, whose work he had admired on a trip to Spain) were fairly widely exhibited in Australia in the late 50's and early 60's – at the Museum of Modern Art and Design in 1957, and Terry Clune, South Yarra, Macquasrie and David Jones Galleries in the early 1960s. The paintings in his MOMAD 1957 show would have been some of the first works of this genre exhibited in Australia. They come from the same source as those of Hodgkinson, Lynn, Marmol, Taylor and Clarke who had all spent time in Spain. Connections can also be seen with certain works by artists as diverse as Tuckson, Peascod and Grieve.

Peter Kaiser 1918-1995, Geelong Gallery, 2007, exhibition catalog

Barry Stern Australian Jewish Times Sydney NSW 1953 1990 Friday 23 July 1954 page 6

Catalogue for The Inaugural Exhibition by the Merioola Group of Sydney Myer Mural Hall Melbourne1947

Peter Kaiser CNG 1985 exhibition catalogue

Peter Kaiser Newspaper Articles 1963

Since its establishment in 1984, the Charles Nodrum Gallery’s exhibition program embraces a diversity of media and styles - from painting, sculpture & works on paper to graphics and photography; from figurative, geometric, gestural, surrealist & social comment to installation & conceptually based work.