Clarke

Art South Africa ehrt Peter Clarke

Peter Clarke, einer der wertvollsten und talentiertesten Künstler Südafrikas, verstarb am 13. April im Alter von 84 Jahren.

 
Kunst Südafrika würdigt diesen außergewöhnlichen Mann und Künstler, indem er sich zwei Features aus dem Kunst Südafrika archive that focus on Clarke’s work, his infectious humour and imagination, and his quiet dignity.
 
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Peter Clarke in seinem Haus und Studio mit Meerblick, Januar 2007. Foto von Mario Todeschini.
Von dem Kunst Südafrika Archiv.
 
In ‘Dignity and Quiet Fanfare’ (Kunst Südafrika Vol 05: Iss 03, Autumn 2007) Kim Gurney writes about Clarkes’s “steadfast ability to imagine” and how his “gentle humour and ready chuckle are balanced by a contemplative tenor often expressed in text. Besides being an accomplished visual artist in paint and printmaking, Clarke has published poetry and short stories.”
 
She goes on to comment on his connection with the works he creates, and his dedication to his art: “Creating art is integral to Clarke’s life: he works simultaneously on various projects, never waiting around for the muse.”
 
‘Looking Back, Looking Forward’ (Vol 09: Iss 04, Winter 2011) von Philippa Hobbs und Elizabeth Rankin beschreibt Peter Clarkes überzeugende Illustrationen von 1963 für eine schweizerische christliche Zeitschrift.
 
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Cover von Der Wanderer von Land zu Land 5 (1963) with Clarke’s illustration for ‘A Prayer for my Twenty-Fifth Birthday.’
Von dem Kunst Südafrika Archiv.
 
“In as much as the illustration for ‘The Story of an Orphan Boy’ carries us back to Clarke’s past, that for the ‘Masks of Fear’ anticipates his works of the future. Embedded in his oeuvre, the illustrations share his engagement with the anxieties of apartheid but also his hope and unfailing belief in humankind – even in an inhuman world.”
 
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Links: Zeichnung mit der Aufschrift „Wearing Masks of Fear“, Buntstift auf Papier, 1963. Akten von Peter Clarke.
Rechts: Zeichnung mit der Aufschrift „Die Geschichte eines Waisenjungen“, Buntstift auf Papier, 1963. Akten von Peter Clarke. Von dem Kunst Südafrika Archiv.
 
Through Clarke’s works we are shown the humble, brilliant and respected artist behind them; a figure that will be greatly missed.