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Big Saturday



Peter Kingston


08 May 1943 – 29 Sep 2022

Alternate image of Big Saturday by Peter Kingston
Alternate image of Big Saturday by Peter Kingston
  • Details

    Media category
    Materials used
    oil on canvas
    183.4 x 157.0 x 5.3 cm
    Signature & date

    Signed and dated l.r., red oil "Peter Kingston 1995".

    Gift of Margaret Olley 1997
    Not on display
    Accession number
    © Estate of Peter Kingston

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    Artist information
    Peter Kingston

    Works in the collection


  • About

    Moving to Sydney's Lavender Bay in 1972, Kingston has always taken delight in bringing the harbour's grandeur to the fore in his drawings, prints and, more recently, paintings.

    Exploring the harbour in his timber launch M.V. Anytime, which he purchased in 1997, Kingston makes direct studies which possess a raw beauty, and express the artist’s deep regard for his marine environment.

    Talking to biographer Gavin Wilson in 2003, Kingston noted:
    "When I moved to Lavender Bay in 1974, there were many boatsheds and slipways giving character to the place. It was a working bay full of interest…The boatsheds were timber and ramshackle and a joy to draw and paint. Now, there are no slipways. Only two boatsheds remain."

    In 'Big Saturday' Kingston's energetic handling of paint permeates the deep blue expanse of canvas, traversed by the stretching reach of a crane, which is moored to the protruding jetty. He reminds us that our harbour city is imbued with a rich diversity of industrial as well as natural beauty.

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 7 exhibitions

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 3 publications

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