Peter Clark was born in South Africa in 1929. While he works in a broad spectrum of media, as well as garnering much literary acclaim for his poetry, he is most widely known for his work in graphic printing, wood cuts, and most recently, collage. His collage work is influenced by his interest in Japanese art and his surroundings at his home in Ocean View, Cape Town.
"South Africa is a very inspiring place. I am very much interested in people. If I decided only to work in a figurative way, there would be no end to what I want to say about people. People here are more involved with each other. The climate has a lot to do with it. And the variety of people - the physical variety - is very exciting in fact and the way people interact or not. I used to think of South Africa as a mad house... but a mad house is far more interesting, really. Had I lived in Europe, my art would have been completely different and probably not at all figurative."
Clark's work is collected worldwide and exhibited in National galleries across the globe. Nevertheless, commentators generally feel that despite this experience and exposure Clark's work is not given the recognition it deserves. We agree.