Philip Hunter (1958-2017), painter, studied art in Melbourne before holding his first solo exhibition there in 1982. More than twenty solo shows, and many more group exhibitions followed. Restricting his palette to earth colours and white, he produced a body of large, layered, visually dense paintings in which, according to curator Peter Haynes, 'the viewer is an actual witness to the artist's processes, to the selection of motifs, forms, colours, rhythms, and textures which gives limits to those chaotic forces which have shaped the artist and the natural phenomena which are his source.' Hunter's works are held by the National Gallery of Australia and the National Gallery of Victoria as well as regional galleries and corporate collections.
Gift of the artist 2006
Accession number: 2006.52
More about the artist and subject
Permanent collection catalogue
On one level The Companion talks about the most famous and frontline Australians, but on another it tells us about ourselves: who we read, who we watch, who we listen to, who we cheer for, who we aspire to be, and who we'll never forget. The Companion is available to buy online and in the Portrait Gallery Store.