Peter Kingston

A tribute to the unique creative talent of Sydney artist Peter Kingston

Exhibition Information

Exhibition Galleries

1 Shakespeare Place
Sydney NSW 2000
+61 2 9273 1414

Over 70 works including prints, artist’s books, sketchbooks and printing plates from across Peter Kingston’s career are on display, in a moving tribute to the late artist.

Peter Kingston (19432022) lived and worked at the edge of Sydney Harbour. After a childhood spent at Parsley Bay, he settled in Lavender Bay among a community of artists and friends. From there, he observed harbour ferries, Luna Park and the Sydney Opera House in all seasons and weather. These were the subjects of his work, often incorporating his boat, the MV Anytime, and his dogs. 

Kingston’s output ranged across drawing, printing, painting and filmmaking. A passion for Sydney, for environmental conservation and the preservation of built heritage never left him. Joyful, charming, and with a wry humour, his work celebrates the everyday aspects of our city. Yet there is a bittersweet element to his work. Peter Kingston often talked about ‘time as an artist’, his way of recognising the beauty and value that accumulates with age. His work captures things at risk in a world that is always upgrading, and expresses a nostalgic yearning for those places and characters now lost.

Meet the curators

Curator holding up painting with bookcase in background

Elise Edmonds

Elise works in the Collection Acquisition and Curation branch of the Library. With a background in Australian history and museum studies, she has worked with the Library’s maps, pictures and manuscript collections, acquiring, researching and promoting these to a variety of audiences. She has curated several exhibitions highlighting the Library’s nationally significant First World War collections, along with the immersive audio exhibition 'Dead Central', and 'Kill or Cure? A taste of medicine'.
Curator holding up painting with bookcase in background

Mathilde de Hauteclocque

Mathilde works with the manuscripts and oral history team in the Library’s Collection Acquisition and Curation branch. With a background in cultural studies and writing, she has worked in galleries, archives and the Library’s Reader Services branch. She has a special interest in the Library’s rich literary collections and items that give insight into creative processes, such as sketchbooks, scrapbooks, notebooks and letters. 'Peter Kingston' is her first exhibition with the Library.