Peter E Clarke
b. Simon’s Town, Cape Town, 1929 d. Ocean View, 2014
Veteran visual artist and writer, Clarke’s graphic works and paintings affirm the dignity of everyday lives.
Peter Clarke was, indeed is, a giant. Evidence of his achievements is (and will continue to be) narrated in numerous tributes, obituaries and testimonies. Evidence of his legacy as a mentor, across many generations, will increasingly become apparent.
Workshops & residencies
Selected Solo Exhibitions
Selected Group Exhibitions
2011: Collection 13, SMAC Gallery, Cape Town.
2010: Hats off: 25 Years, Linocuts from Caversham, Tokara, Stellenbosch. Artists of the South, Old Library Hall, Simonstown, Cape Town. Joburg Art Fair, Johannesburg. Divisions: Aspect of South Africa Art
1948-2010, SMAC Gallery, Stellenbosch, Cape Town. 1910-2010: From Pierneef to Gugulective, Iziko South African National Gallery, Cape Town. Homage, Michaelis School of Fine Art Gallery, Cape Town.
2009: Strengths and Convictions, ISANG, Cape Town; Nobel Peace Centre, Oslo, Norway. Art of Relief Print, ISANG, Cape Town.
2008: Collection 10, SMAC Gallery, Stellenbosch. Revision+ Expanding the Narrative of South African Art, SMAC Gallery, Stellenbosch.
2007: Apartheid-The South African Mirror, Centro Cultural Bacanja of Valencia, Barcelona, Spain. africa south, AVA, Cape Town.
2006: Botaki 4, Old Mutual Asset Managers, Pinelands, Cape Town.
2005: Botaki 3, OMAM, Pinelands, Cape Town.
2002: Warren Siebrits Modern and Contemporary (with Albert Adams and Valerie Desmond), Johannesburg.
2001: MICROMACRO, South African National Library, Cape Town. 1995: 18th International Exhibition of Prints, Kanagawa, Japan.
1994: 3rd Triennale World Exhibition Of Prints, Auverne, France. Troisieme Triennial Mondiale Destampes-Chamalieres, France.
1993: I wish you well on your way (Tribute to John Muafangejo), Chelsea Gallery, Wynberg, Cape Town.
1992: Zeitzeichen-art from contemporary Africa, Museum fur Volkerkunde, Frankfurt am main, Germany. St Virgil Bildungshaus, Satzburg, Austria.
1991: Gallery International (with Willie Bester, Isaac Makeleni and Ishmael Thyssen), Cape Town.1990: Freedom Now, Nambian Independence Exhibition, Windhoek, Namibia.
1989: Rahmen Gallerie (with Tyrone Appollis and Ishmael Thyssen), Langei, Germany.1986: Botschaften aus Sudafrika, museum fur Volkerkunde Frankfurt am main, Germany.
1985: 10th International Triennale fur originale grafik, Grenchen, Switzerland.
1984: Norwergian International Print Bienniale, Frederikstad, Norway.
1983-1984: International Exhibition of Prints, Kanagawa, Japan.
1983: Minor Events and Situations, Bellville Art Gallery, Bellville, Cape Town.
1982: Culture and Resistance Conference, Gaberone, Botswana.
1979-1982: Norway series of graphic art, Aterlier Nord, Oslo.
1973: Benefit exhibition of graphics, Pratt Graphics Centre, New York.
1972: Tercera Bienniale Internacionale del Grabado de Buenos Aires, Argentina.
1971: South African graphics, touring Western Europe.
1969: 2nd Exhibition of International Graphics, Palazzo Strozzo, Florence, Italy.
1968: 1st Exhibition of International Graphics, Palazzo Strozzo, Florence.
1965: 6th International Graphic Art Biennale, Ljubljana, Yugoslavia.
1964: XXXII Bienale, Venice, Italy.
1963: 5th International Graphic Art Biennale, Ljubljana, Yugoslavia. International Graphic Art, Albertine Museum, Vienna, Austria.
1961: South African Graphic Art, Sao Paulo; Gallery Schononger, Munich.
1960: South African Graphic Art, Yugoslavia.
Public collections in South Africa, Norway, Australia, USA, Germany, Yugoslavia, Botswana, Netherlands.
(Books, magazines, newspapers and catalogues)
2011: S O'Toole Portrait of the artist as a spry old man, Business Day Magazine Supplement, March, pp. 20-22.
2009: D Newbury, Defiant Images: Photography and Anti-Apartheid South Africa, UNISA Press, Pretoria. Imaging and Imaging, Grahams Fine Art Gallery, catalogue no 6. Annual Report, William Humphreys Art Gallery, Swiftprint, Kimberley. Gavin Jantjes, Strengths and Conviction, Press Publishing, Cape Town. Prestige Magazine: in the lap of luxury, Neo Publishing, Johannesburg.
2008: B Law-Viljoen, Art and Justice: The Art of the Constitutional Court of South Africa, David Krut Publishing,Johannesburg. Joburg Art Fair. Johannesburg: Artlogic. Proud, H. ReVision+: Expanding the narrative of South African Art, SMAC, Stellenbosch.
2007: K Gurney Dignity and Quiet Fanfare, Art South Africa, vol. 05 issue 03 Autumn.
2006: L Donve Peter Clarke: Following Dreams and Finding Fame Awareness Publishing Group, Gallo Manor, Johannesburg. H Proud, Revisions: Expanding the narrative of South African Art, Unisa Press, Pretoria. G Hallett Portrait of African Writers, Wits University Press, Johannesburg.
2005: K Gurney Clarke, Pinker and Nel, Art South Africa vol. 03 issue 03 Autumn, p71. M Pissarra Botaki 3: Conversations with Donovan Ward, OMAM, Cape Town.
2004: S Perryer (ed.) 10 years 100 artists: Art in a Democratic South Africa, Bell Roberts Publishing, Cape Town. M Stevenson Fanfare: Peter Clarke in conversation with Michael Stevenson, David Krut Publishing, Johannesburg.
2002: Oprah Magazine, April- May issue.
2000: Hein Willemse (ed.) More than brothers: Peter Clarke and James Matthews at seventy, Kwela Books, Cape Town.
1997: Elza Miles, Land and lives: a story of early black artists, Johannesburg Art Gallery, Johannesburg.
1992: P Hardy, Peter E Clarke: the hand is the tool of the soul, South African National Gallery, Cape Town.
1988: Gavin Younge, Art of the South African Townships, Thames and Hudson, London. G Ogilvie The Dictionary of South African Painters and Sculptors, Everard Read, Johannesburg.
2010: Arts and Culture Trust Lifetime Achievement Award.
2005: Order of Ikhamanga, silver class, for excellence in Art and Literature.
1984: Honorary Doctor of Literature, World Academy of Arts and Culture, Taipei, Taiwan. Honorary Life Member, Museum of African American Art, Los Angeles.
1982: Diploma of Merit, Literature, Universita delle Arti, Salso Maggiore Terme Pr., Italy. Book illustration award for A message in the wind by Chris Van Wyk. Diploma of Merit, Art, Universita delle Arti, Salso Maggiore Terme Pr., Italy.
1975: Honorary Fellow in Writing, University of Iowa, Iowa City, Usa.
1965: C.P. Hoogenhout Book-illustration Award for Snoet-alleen by Frida Linder. Avvademico Onorario, Accademia Florentina delle Arti del Disegno, Florence, Italy.
1955: Drum International Short-story Award.
Karibuna Festival – 1989
Natale Labia Exhibition – 1992
Snailpress Letter and Book jacket – 1997
Carapace 64 Poetry Selection – 2007
Impressions Catalogue – 2009
Ashbey’s Catalogue – 2010
Cavershams Catalogue – June 2010
Portrait of The Artist – Wanted Magazine article by Sean ‘O Toole
Listening to Distant Thunder,The Art of Peter Clarke Catalogue – May 2011
Listening to Distant Thunder,The Art of Peter Clarke Pamphlet – May 2011
Art times – May 2011
Report of The Chairperson of The Friends of The South African National Gallery – December 2011
Standard Bank Learning Resource Brochure
Dak’Art – 2012
Stephen Welz – February 2013
Mine is the Silent Face (French and English magazine clipping) – 2013
Weekend Argus, newspaper clipping – November 2013
Lize Van Robbroekc – Listening to Distant Thunder – The Art of Peter Clarke (review)
Peter Clarke – Just Paper and Glue