Peter Hudson ‘Life Is No Way To Treat An Animal’

…Night skies awash with vast layers of stars… a defiant young elephant performing worn-out circus tricks… schools of fish instinctively migrating through rippling water toward the moon: these are a few of the subtly startling images Peter Hudson presents to us in his contemporary bestiary of “super creatures”.
Poised in lyrical portraits, these animals lead us deeply into the mysterious, mythic strata of Nature’s intelligence. Hudson works to tap into “all the powers these animals have – for which we give them little credit.” He acts as a naturalist of their spirit, depicting his chosen fauna based upon straight-forward observation as well as through a poetic lens focused by rapport with the natural world.
Not unlike the historical bestiaries – medieval manuscripts (describing both real and imagined beasts and birds) compiled to teach proper Christian conduct – Hudson’s drawings and paintings suggest a learning relationship with the wild.

Yet Hudson’s paintings have little to do with prescribing corrective doctrine.
Instead, he speaks to our longing for continued connection to nature, inviting us to marvel with him at the manner in which these super creatures – like the wild, undomesticated birds, fish and mantas he paints – “know exactly how to live softly on this Earth. We need them, but they don’t need us.”
He explains: I acknowledge that we need to have more reverence for that huge mystery and power by which wild animals conduct their lives. I paint these images to remind myself, and if the audience is reminded, then the work has done its job… In the end, they’re pictures: they have to be fun to look at.

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Peter Hudson

BORN  1950  Townsville, Australia STUDIES 1972-75 Queensland College of Art, Brisbane 1976-80 Jewellery Apprenticeship, Brisbane SOLO EXHIBITIONS 2015 Life is No Way To Treat An Animal. Trevor Victor Harvey Gallery. … read more →