Eugene Hurter

Eugene Hurter

About the Artist

Born 1942 – Johannesburg, South Africa

Eugene Hurter started painting full time in 1981 after having been involved in electronic engineering for a period of twenty years. His love for art however, led him to doing a correspondence course with the University of South Africa (UNISA). In 1980, he was transferred to Durban as a senior electronic technician where he established his own part-time gallery. During 1981 he decided that it was time for him to start painting on a full time basis as he had had many sell-out exhibitions up to this time. Working mainly in water colours and pastels, his work attracted attention from many of the local and overseas galleries.

In 1985 he relocated to Johannesburg where he received commissions from the corporate sector such as Anglo American, Standard Bank, Barclays Bank and Old Mutual. In 1986 he was invited to exhibit in the International Art Expo in Los Angeles. He was the only South African watercolour artist on which such an honour was bestowed.

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During 1994 he decided to sell everything, buy a caravan and travel across the country and paint. This he did for eight years traveling around the Cape West Coast and the Western Cape. During this time he was commissioned to do painting of the wine estates such as Bellingham Wine Estates, Slanghoek Wine Estate, Bouvlei Cellars, Botha Cellars and many others.

As it was becoming unsafe to travel around the country by caravan, he decided in 2002 to relocate to Mpumalanga where he now works and lives.

His style is in the tradition of the great South African landscape and owes much to the teaching of his friend, teacher and mentor Louis Audie.