Longing and Belonging

Michael Kempson

Born in Kapunda, South Australia in 1961, Michael Kempson has developed an extensive printmaking practice in Australia and the Asia/Pacific region through his work as an artist, curator, master printer and academic.

Kempson is currently a Senior Lecturer and Convenor of Printmaking Studies at The University of New South Wales Art & Design in Sydney.

Kempson’s recent prints feature utilitarian objects, natural forms and children’s toys in an exploration of inter-relationships, referencing ideas of social inequity and geopolitics.


Michael Kempson, Longing and Belonging (2014), etching & aquatint, 56cm x 76cm. Acquired through the Print Council of Australia’s Annual Print Commission.

Kempson is represented in the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra; The Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney; The Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane; The Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide; Museum of Contemporary Art, Bangkok, Thailand as well as Australian regional galleries and corporate collections.