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Lot 522

Peter Clarke


23,5 by 21cm

R400 000 – R600 000

signed and dated 23.3.1967; inscribed with the title and medium on the reverse oil on canvas board

Condition: appears good

To Peter Clarke his community was his life, his passion and his focus. Reoccurring themes throughout his printmaking, drawing and painting were of people going about their daily activity in the surrounds of their everyday life. From the early days of his childhood in Simon’s Town and then later after settling in Ocean View after the forced removals, Clarke spent his time observing the world around him which resulted in depicting these common societal scenes and characters in his works – portraying ‘the vitality of community life’ ¹. NETBALL PLAYERS depicts three young school girls reaching up to catch a gold coloured ball with a female figure in the distance looking on. Philippa Hobbs sums up the aspect of Peter Clarke which resonates with her more than anything else, to be ‘the poignancy with which he deals with the human subject, his concern about humanity and his deep interest in finding beauty in the ordinary’ ²

1. Hobbs, P. & Rankin, E., Listening to Distant Thunder: The Art of Peter Clarke, The Standard Bank of South Africa, Johannesburg, 2011


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