Kilvington’s skill at depicting horses and cattle in action is well known and in 1979 he exhibited three paintings in London at the ‘Horse Painters of the World’ exhibition. All three of his paintings sold on Opening Night. Such is his popularity that of the 14 solo shows he held, 11 of them were completely sold out. In 1980 Kilvington’s work was featured on the television programme ‘Today Tonight’. He has also won a number of art prizes, including the Royal National Repatriation Prize, Canberra in 1971; the Royal Brisbane Show in 1980; and S.G.I.O., Brisbane in 1979. Kilvington also completed a number of important commissions, including two prints published in 1978; One First Day cover, Commemorative Arakoon Mail Service in 1978; record cover The Bangtail Muster for recording LP of same name by Ted Egan in 1976; magazine cover, Stamp News in January 1979; Calendar, State Government Insurance Office, Queensland (Collectors Series Number Four), in 1979.
Patrick Kilvington died in 1990 and his paintings are represented in a number of public collections, namely: Rockhampton City; Gold Coast City and Queensland State Parliament (new Parliament House); Munich University, as well as in the private collections of H.R.H. Princess Anne; Viscount Gainsborough; South African Ambassador to Australia, Mr Mills; Hon Sir Joh Bjelke-Petersen, former Premier of Queensland; and many other private collections in Australia and overseas. A limited edition book of Kilvington’s work (now sold out), which was written and illustrated by the artist, was published in 1983 by Boolarong Publications, Brisbane.
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