The exhibition has grown from a conversation about the artist’s recent work located in the nearby Black Mountains to encompass a larger number of drawings and paintings from a 30-year period. As the scope of the exhibition has evolved it has granted us a limited survey of his landscape practice and presents something of the arc of the artist’s journey…The exhibition unites landscapes from Scotland, Ireland’s Atlantic fringe and the England Wales border with vast landscapes from Australia and Antarctica. United in this way they reveal the reoccurring themes – geology, ecology and archaeology – that are central to his understanding of the land.
From Karinjini in the west to Fraser Island in the east, via the northern Kimberley and far southwest of Tasmania, Painting the Ancient Land of Australia follows painter Philip Hughes across the length and breadth of the country.
Featuring work created over a span of three decades, a mixture of elegant sketches alongside larger painted artworks, Painting the Ancient Land of Australia presents a deeply personal exploration of a continent.
‘The diversity and breadth of his work provide a window into the immense scale of this land’