Todd Hunter

Australia 1972

Abstract Art, Painting

Todd Hunter
Todd Hunter
March 22, 2016

Todd Hunter’s work is a constant war between rational and irrational – when should an artist have a complete control and when should he let go to the instincts. Conscious work can give great results in utilizing the things you’ve learned through artistic experience. But if an artist relies just on this aspect of the mind, the never-ending sky of unknown will be left unexplored. Hunter’s work constantly dances between these two sides, trying to figure out when should you create with your mind, and when should you create with your soul.

Todd Hunter’s work is a constant war between rational and irrational

Todd Hunter - Remedy (Detail), 2012
Todd Hunter – Remedy (Detail), 2012

Reconstructing Yourself

For himself, Hunter says he’s neither an abstract nor figurative painter. On first sight of his art, your impression will lean towards the abstract side, but as you gaze at his paintings for a longer time, you’ll soon discover different shapes, hands, faces and even entire bodies. It’s even possible, the shapes one person sees, won’t be the same for another. His paintings negate the existing shapes and create alternative versions, which do not belong in this world, but in another – perhaps the world he himself created. It’s a magnetic world of constant reshaping, which Hunter catches in paintings for the viewer to review and figure out what they represent. It’s this part that shows the true nature of his work. It doesn’t matter if another person will be able to correctly describe Hunter’s visualizations because it’s not possible. Hunter gives his personal description of the world he found, and the viewers are here to further extend it through their own experience of it.

It’s a magnetic world of constant reshaping, which Hunter catches in his paintings

Todd Hunter - Yes You Did (Detail), 2015
Todd Hunter – Yes You Did (Detail), 2015

Creating Through Destroying

Unlike other artists, Hunter doesn’t add to achieve a more striking result. Quite contrary, he erases. His process of painting is like a journey. You need to get from one point to another, but sooner or later you realize you’ve gone too far and you need to retrace your steps by deleting the unneeded. In the example of Todd Hunter’s work, words like deleting or erasing don’t have the usual meaning. By removing something, he doesn’t negate the past existence of the removed element, he gives it meaning by acknowledging the erasing process. Hunter realizes if it wasn’t for the destruction of an aspect, he would never be able to arrive at the current point he finds himself in. If it wasn’t for the wrong turns along the path, he would constantly be on the safe track and by that, he would miss all the possibilities the unknown provides.

By removing something, he gives it meaning by acknowledging the erasing process

Todd Hunter - You Go In Shadows (Detail), 2015
Todd Hunter – You Go In Shadows (Detail), 2015

Be Inspired

Hunter’s often lets music to influence him for his canvases. Some of the songwriters he’s influenced by are Bob Dylan, Nick Cave, and Tom Waits. By visualizing the worlds and characters these musicians describe, Hunter tries to transfer them to the canvas. Although it can be hard to describe the core of his work and if it even exists – it can safely be said, his inspirations surround him – both his visual and auditory perception. When he finishes a painting, this piece of work begins an existence of its own and the only further option Hunter has is either to leave it as it is or to completely erase it.

He is represented by The Cat Street Gallery in Hong Kong.

Todd Hunter lives and works in Sydney, Australia.

Featured image: Todd Hunter – Unknown (Detail) – Photo Credits:
All other images photo credits:

YearName of the ExhibitionGallery-MuseumSolo-Group
2011ArtHK11GRANTPIRRIE, Sydney, NSWGroup
2011Grantpirrie EditionsSuite One, Sydney, NSWGroup
2011Art for ScienceMurdoch Research Institute, Nellie Castan GalleryGroup
2011Wattle Cat Street Gallery Hong KongGroup
2011nSmall WorkScott Livesey Galleries, Melbourne, VICSolo
2011nRecent WorksBMGArt Gallery, Adelaide, SASolo
2010Hong Kong International Art FairCat Street Gallery, Hong KongGroup
2010Art Of Music Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, NSWGroup
2010nMelbourne Art Fair 2010Scott Livesey Galleries, Melbourne, VICSolo
2010nLove BuzzGRANTPIRRIE, Sydney, NSWSolo
2009UnknownPaddington Landscape Art Prize, Sydney, NSWGroup
2009Salon des RefusésSH Ervin Gallery, Sydney, NSWGroup
2009Art for Science Nellie Castan GalleryGroup
2009nRecent PaintingsScott Livesey Galleries, Melbourne, VICSolo
2009nIn BloomGallery 2, GRANTPIRRIE, Sydney, NSWSolo
2008Fleurieu Art PrizeFleurieu Biennale, South Australia Group
2008Strange WeatherBMGArt Gallery, Adelaide, SASolo
2008This Perfect DayScott Livesey Galleries, Melbourne, VICSolo
2008Sunshine Coast Art PrizeCaloundra Regional GalleryGroup
2008-Tattersall’s Club Art PrizeTattersall’s Club, Brisbane, QLDGroup
2007Kings School Art PrizeParramatta, Sydney, NSWGroup
2007Sunshine Coast Art PrizeCaloundra Regional GalleryGroup
2007Tattersall’s Club Art PrizeTattersall’s Club, Brisbane, QLDGroup
2007Paddington Landscape Art PrizePaddington, Sydney, NSWGroup
2007All Times Through ParadiseGRANTPIRRIE, Sydney, NSWSolo
2006-Ironic Expressionism, CuratorVirginia Wilson Gallery, Sydney, NSWGroup
2006Just Like the NightScott Livesey Galleries, Melbourne, VICSolo
2006HunterBMGArt Gallery Adelaide, SASolo
2005ABN Amro Emerging Artist AwardSydney, NSWGroup
2005nRecent PaintingsGRANTPIRRIE, Sydney, NSWSolo
2004Tattersall’s Club Invitation Art PrizeTattersall’s Club, Brisbane, QLDGroup
2004nHunterAndrew Baker Art Dealer, Brisbane, QLDSolo
2004nHunterScott Livesey Art Dealer, Melbourne, VICSolo
2003Tattersall’s Club Invitation Art PrizeTattersall’s Club, Brisbane, QLDGroup
2003The Year In ArtSH Ervin Gallery, Sydney, NSWGroup
2003nRecent PaintingsGRANTPIRRIE, Sydney, NSWSolo
2002nHunterBMGArt Gallery, Adelaide, SASolo
2002nHunterScott Livesey Art Dealer, Melbourne, VICSolo
2002nTwenty Fine PaintingsScott Livesey Art Dealer, Melbourne, VICGroup
2001nTwenty Fine PaintingsScott Livesey Art Dealer, Melbourne, VICGroup
2001nHunterArt House Gallery, Sydney, NSWSolo
2000nMelbourne Contemporary Art Fair Melbourne, VICGroup
2000nHunterAndrew Baker Art Dealer, Brisbane, QLDSolo
2000nHunterBMGArt Gallery, Adelaide, SASolo
2000nHunterArt House Gallery, Sydney, NSWSolo
2000n-Brett Whiteley Travelling ScholarshipBrett Whiteley Studio, Surry Hills, Sydney, NSWGroup
1999nHunterArt House Gallery, Sydney, NSWSolo
1999nInaugural ExhibitionAndrew Baker Art Dealer, Brisbane, QLDGroup
1999n-Inaugural Schools and Universities Prize ExhibitionSchools and Universities Club, Sydney,nNSWGroup
1998Flesh: Collections of Sensual & Erotic ArtNoosa Regional Gallery, QLDGroup
1998nHunterArt House Gallery, Sydney, NSWSolo
1998nHunterSmith and Stoneley on Stratton, Brisbane, QLDSolo
1997Global Art: Australia BeyondCarpediem Gallery, ThailandGroup
1997The First Brisbane International Art FairBrisbane, QLDGroup
1997Downlands College Art AwardsToowoomba, QLDGroup
1997nHunterFortitude Gallery, Brisbane, QLDSolo
1996Stanthorpe Arts FestivalStanthorpe, QLDGroup
1996Asia Pacific Hotel Art FairBrisbane, QLDGroup
1996nPreviewFortitude Gallery, Brisbane, QLDGroup
1996nHunterFortitude Gallery, Brisbane, QLDSolo
1995nUnknownGilchrist Galleries, Brisbane, QLDGroup
1995nChurchie Exhibition of Emerging ArtBrisbane, QLDGroup
1994nTen Figurative Artists Holdsworth Gallery, Sydney, NSWGroup
1994nLogan National Art AwardLogannGroup
1994nHunterThe Vine Galleria, Brisbane, QLDSolo
1993nRebels Without a CourseFireworks Gallery, Brisbane, QLDGroup
1993nBelieversIsnt, Brisbane, QLDGroup
1993nGriffith University Drawing ExhibitionGriffith University, Brisbane, QLD Group
1992nFinal ConfigurationMuseum of Contemporary Art, Brisbane, QLDGroup
1992nFree TradeIsnt, Brisbane, QLDGroup
1992nArt = AuraSpace Plenitude, Brisbane, QLDGroup
1991nThree PositionsSpace Plenitude, Brisbane, QLDGroup