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Peter Hudson: The mystery of being here

Peter Hudson
The mystery of being here

19 August—29 October 2022
Curated by Megan Williams

Presented as part of Horizon Festival 2022

The mystery of being here was the largest career survey of Sunshine Coast-based artist, Peter Hudson.

Since the 1990s, Hudson has explored aspects of the natural world through painting and drawing. The landscape has been a constant for Hudson, particularly the Glass House Mountains and hinterland around Maleny where he resides. The moon, ocean, fish, birds and snakes also reoccur in his paintings, analogies for complex systems and relationships in nature including gravity, navigation and migration.

In 1998, Hudson made the first of many trips to the Aboriginal communities of Daguragu and Kalkarindji in Gurindji Country, Northern Territory. So began a decades-long association with the Gurindji people that transformed Hudson’s understanding of nature and spirituality and inspired him to make portraits.

The mystery of being here featured more than 50 artworks drawn from public and private collections to investigate Hudson’s overarching interest in our relationship with the world around us.

Installation view of Peter Hudson: The mystery of being here at UniSC Art Gallery. Photo: Carl Warner.

Opening Event
3pm, Saturday 20 August 2022

Peter Hudson In Conversation
11am, Saturday 17 September 2022

Publication Launch
3pm, Saturday 15 October 2022


Peter Hudson: The Mystery of Being Here

The first publication to survey the work of Peter Hudson. It brings together written contributions from Kev Carmody, Jeff McMullen, Christine Toussainte Morrow, Charlie Ward and Carol Schwarzman alongside vivid reproductions of over 90 paintings and drawings Hudson has made over the last 25 years.

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