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Amy Kingston
, c. 1975 (printed 2002)

by Lewis Morley

gelatin silver photograph (sheet: 30.4 cm x 40.2 cm, image: 24.3 cm x 37.4 cm)

Amy (Amie) Kingston (b.1912) painter, theatrical designer and art teacher, was born in Hobart and studied at the Hobart Technical College with Lucien Dechaineux and Mildred Lovett. After a spell of teaching at the HTC, in 1937 she went to London to study stage design at the Slade School under Vladimir Polunin, and life drawing and painting at the Westminster School under Bernard Meninsky. At the same time she studied fabric design and printing at the Central School of Art. In 1940 Kingston returned to Sydney, where she worked as a display artist for Farmers department store while exhibiting with the Contemporary Art Society and Society of Artists. She went on to work extensively in theatre, not only designing, but often painting the scenery. She taught at the Double Bay Design School from the late 1940s until she retired in 1976.

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the artist 2002
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program
Accession number: 2002.15