melbourne

Philip Hunter

City Gallery

Philip Hunter’s landscapes based on the tropical Kakadu region of Australia emerge from webs and swaths of painterly brushwork. His forms are more the result of automatism than description, and his paint disguises as much as it reveals. That these paintings are landscapes is largely a matter of agreement between the artist and his audience since there are no precise counterparts for these images in the real world. Their coherence is less the byproduct of their verisimilitude than the result of the artist’s vision. Hunter’s work shares marked affinities with Surrealist painting and, like such art, makes great use of cubist “passage.” Though his painting aims to serve no revolution other than that of the soul, a work such as Continent, 1989, animated by his formalist bravura and feverish ambition to transcendence, makes Hunter liable to charges of anachronism.

Hunter’s marks border clouds of

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