Peter Clarke (South African, born 1929) Please don't do that
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Peter Clarke (South African, born 1929) Please don't do that
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Peter Clarke (South African, born 1929)
Please don't do that
signed and dated 'Clarke / 26. Oct. 1975' (lower right)
acrylic on paper
48 x 63cm (18 7/8 x 24 13/16in).


  • Despite a dynamic career spanning over sixty years, Peter Clarke has only over the past decade achieved due recognition of his contribution to South African art, most recently in his first solo exhibition at the Standard Bank Gallery, Johannesburg (2011), followed by an extensive retrospective at IZIKO South African National Gallery in (2011-2012) and currently a solo show at the Institute of International Visual Arts in London. Alongside works which document the social injustice and degradation of apartheid, his prints and paintings, drawings and collages also offer a celebration of the everyday: of life, of love, and of laughter.

    The current lot reflects Clarke's concern with capturing light-hearted, ordinary moments. A man rocks the hammock in which a woman rests, startling her to the sudden injunction "Please don't do that!" Movement is suggested through the repeated brushstrokes around the hammock and the prankster, creating a sense of movement or visual blur. With its vivid complementary hues – yellow and purple, orange and blue – the work reflects Clarke's reputation as a master colorist. As Lize van Robbroeck remarks of Clarke's best paintings, "these paintings are vibrant, glowing with strong colour and a dynamic thrust... This contrast between idyllic subject matter and restless, almost violent formal language makes for particularly engaging and compelling viewing."

    L. Van Robbroeck, 'Listening to distant thunder: The art of Peter Clarke', South African Journal of Science, (Volume 108, 2012), pp.5-6. p.5

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  • Please note that this work is acrylic on card and not acrylic on paper as listed in the catalogue.
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