RETROSPECTIVE: Hillarys artist to host exhibition in Fremantle


Kale Miller with one of his paintings, The flight of the nankeen kestrel.
Kale Miller with one of his paintings, The flight of the nankeen kestrel.

HILLARYS artist Kale Miller (75) will hold an exhibition, RETROSPECTIVE, in Fremantle next month.

The retired art lecturer has displayed works in group exhibitions in the cities of Joondalup and Wanneroo previously.

Miller said he harboured a desire to exhibit work in Fremantle, the town where he was born and educated.

“This solo exhibition title RETROSPECTIVE will features pieces retained over a number of years,” he said.

The 75-year-old went to White Gum Valley Primary and John Curtin Senior High schools, where he was a prefect and football team captain.

His father Kyffin moved to Fremantle from Albany in the 1930s, and played more than 50 games with South Fremantle Football Club.

“Kyffin later coached all levels from under 12s up to 18s at Hilton Park, then colts and seconds with the South Fremantle senior club and was later made a life member,” Miller said.

Miller graduated from Claremont Teacher College and was a secondary school art teacher for nine years, then a TAFE lecturer for 32 years.

For 29 of those, he was a senior lecturer at TAFE colleges in Fremantle, Perth and Carine.

“The facilities and grounds of Carine TAFE were excellent and the section was a delight to work and relax in,” he said.

“Many lifelong friendships evolved from their common interest in art.

“One group of friends began their association from an annual weekend ‘working camp’ organised by the art section at Kingston Barracks Rottnest.

“Twenty-four years later, the Collage Art Group still meet and run an annual exhibition and weekend camp – this year is it at Guilderton.”

Since retiring, Miller has held four solo exhibitions and won several awards, including the watercolour section in the Cossack Art Prize and the Mindarie Sculpture Prize.

What: RETROSPECTIVE exhibition

Who: Kale Miller

Where: Kidogo Art Institute, Bathers Beach, Fremantle

When: October 1-12, from 10am-4pm daily