Listening to Distant Thunder: The Art of Peter Clarke
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.