Sydney artist Peter Kingston has been painting and documenting the bays and inlets of Sydney and its many coves for over 40 years.
In his highly anticipated new body of work Sacred House, Kingston pays homage to one of Australia’s most iconic and revered sites, the Sydney Opera House. Designed by Danish architect Jørn Utzon in 1956, and built on sacred Gadigal ground at Bennelong Point, Utzon’s visionary sculptural landmark changed the course of twentieth-century architecture and transformed the image of a young nation.
“I like things that have been well made and improve with age. The Sydney Opera House has been built with integrity and will survive as art. I have spent countless nights watching the moon reflect upon the water and this great building, together creating colours, shadows and impressions unique to each passing day.”
– Peter Kingston, 2018
Working often en plein air from sites such as the Harbour Bridge, Kingston is able to experience and interpret the unique gradients of light and colour that shift and refract off and around the shells and arches of the World Heritage Listed icon. Documenting the great energy and character of Sydney Harbour, as well as its variations of mood and movement, many of his paintings also feature famous ferries like the Lady Northcott and Lady Herron and the churning plumes of water that follow their historic routes.
In this exhibition, Kingston’s raw and expressive paintings continue to evoke a strong sense of nostalgia for its viewers, as he captures fleeting moments of life and heritage on the harbour.