Ken Kiff, an internationally known figurative artist, was trained at Hornsey School of Art 1955-61. He came to prominence in the 1980s thanks to the championship of art critic Norbert Lynton, and a cultural climate intent on re-assessing figurative art following the Royal Academy’s ‘New Spirit in Painting’ exhibition in 1981.
He started exhibiting at Nicola Jacob’s gallery, moved to Fischer Fine Art in 1987 and finally to the Marlborough Gallery in 1990, by which time he had begun exhibiting internationally and had work in major public collections, including the Arts Council Collection, British Museum, Metropolitan Museum & MOMA, New York and the Tate.
He was elected to the Royal Academy in 1991 and became Associate Artist at the National Gallery 1991-93. Further Exhibitions were held at the Mead Gallery, University of Warwick (1997), Bristol City Museum and Art Gallery (1999), and the White Gallery, Brighton (2002, a print retrospective). His 30-year teaching career at Chelsea School of Art and the Royal College influenced a generation of students.