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Peter Clarke
(b. 1963)

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The late Peter Clarke’s paintings and prints offer an intimate window into life under apartheid and the country’s imperfect transition to democracy in 1994.  An artist acutely sensitive to the poetics of the ordinary, his works are neither merely beautiful nor resistance art. Rather, Clarke played the role of ‘quiet chronicler’ and found in the domestic, everyday scenes around him a reflection of the times. The places he depicts are at once document and symbol, as much images of place as they are of feeling. Clarke’s distinct figurative style finds in its genealogy such diverse influences as Japanese woodblocks,  Mexican muralism, and German Expressionism.

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