Artist: Peter Clarke
Title: The Heat is On
Medium: Linocut Limited Edition 26/32 with signature
Dimensions: 43cm x 23cm
BEHIND THE ARTIST
Peter Clarke is a highly accomplished and versatile visual artist, working across a broad spectrum of media. But he also has a literary side as an internationally acclaimed writer and poet. Of these three roles, he jokes: "Had I been triplets, it would have made it much easier because each could have his own job� There are times when I go through a writing phase and there are times for phases of picture-making but there is never a dull moment."
Clarke is best known for his graphic prints, particularly his woodcuts, and more recently he has moved into collage. He also uses leather, glass, found objects and other mixed media to produce his colourful work.
Born in Simons Town in 1929, Clarke's artistic career spans many decades and he has unsurprisingly produced a large number of works and appeared in many exhibitions. Nevertheless, commentators generally feel that despite this experience and exposure, his work is not given the full recognition it deserves.
Six international awards for writing and art (Italy, USA, & Taiwan), including Honorary life member, Museum of African American Art, Los Angeles (1984). Six South African awards for writing and art, including three since 2000, the Order of Ikhamanga, silver class (2005), and the Molteno Award (2000) for services to the visual arts, awarded by the Cape Tercentenary Foundation.
1957: Golden City Post, Cape Town, South Africa (first solo)
1961: Galerie Schoninger, Munich, West Germany (SA Graphic Art)
1961: São Paulo Biennial
1963: 5th International Graphic Art Biennale, Ljubljana, Yugoslavia Albertina Museum, Vienna, Austria (International Graphic Art)
1964: Venice, Italy (Biennale)
6th International Graphic Art Biennale, Ljubljana, Yugoslavia
1973: Shell Harbour Art Centre, Shell Harbour, NSW Australia (solo)
Pratt Graphics Centre, New York, US (group)
1979: Pratt Institute, New York
1982: South African Art, National Gallery, Gaberone, Botswana
1987: Chelsea Gallery, Wynberg, Cape Town (solo), Campinas, Brazil (Biennale Internacional de Gravura), Museum fur Volkerkunde, Frankfurt, W. Germany
1990: Freedom Now, Namibian independence exhibition, Windhoek, Namibia
1994: 3rd Triennial World Exhibition of Prints, Auvergne, France
1995: 18th Triennial World Exhibition of Prints, Kanagawa, Japan
2000: Bertolt Brecht House, Berlin, Germany
Peter Edward Clarke passed away on 13 April 2014, Ocean View, Cape Town, Western Cape