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Peter Kingston

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Mondays to Thursdays, 9am to 8pm Fridays, 9am to 5pm Weekends, 10am to 5pm Tuesday 18 June to Sunday 18 May 2025

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

Peter Kingston (1943–2022) 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.

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