Peter Clarke was a highly accomplished and versatile visual artist, working across a broad spectrum of media. But he also had a literary side as an internationally acclaimed writer and poet. Of these three roles, he used to joke: “Had I been triplets, it would have made it much easier because each could have his own job. There are times when I go through a writing phase and there are times for phases of picture-making but there is never a dull moment.”
Clarke is best known for his graphic prints, particularly his woodcuts. He also used leather, glass, found objects and other mixed media to produce his colourful work.
Born in Simons Town in 1929, Clarke’s artistic career spans many decades and he has unsurprisingly produced a large number of works and appeared in many exhibitions. Nevertheless, commentators generally feel that despite this experience and exposure, his work is not given the full recognition it deserves.