Listening to Distant Thunder: The Art of Peter Clarke

  • Location: South African National Gallery
  • From: October 20, 2011     To: May 13, 2012
Listening to Distant Thunder: The Art of Peter Clarke
Peter Clarke. Coming and going (1960). Oil. 511 cm x 409 cm. Private collection.

This is a special celebratory exhibition of the life and work of Peter Clarke (b. 1929), whose career as an artist and poet has spanned six decades. The exhibition charts Clarke’s development as an artist over the apartheid and post-apartheid eras, and his work reflects deeply – and without bitterness – on the societal upheavals and dislocation he has lived through.

Clarke is best known as a print-maker through his sensitive approach to linocut and colour woodblock techniques. This fully-comprehensive exhibition reveals him as a strong painter, a talented draughtsman and a poet of considerable literary achievement. In his images, he has articulated a vision of community life at the Cape that is poignant and even humorous, yet powerful in its sense of form.

Clarke was awarded the Order of Ikhamanga (silver) by President Thabo Mbeki in 2005 and a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2010. Through this exhibition and its accompanying book, authors and curators, Philippa Hobbs and Elizabeth Rankin pay tribute to one of Cape Town’s most significant artistic sons.
Enquiries: Hayden Proud,
Tel: 021 481 3965

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