Peter Eastman (artist)

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Peter Eastman
Peter Eastman, 2012.jpg
Peter Eastman, portrait for Crush magazine
Born 1 July 1976
Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
Nationality South African
Known for Painting

Peter Eastman (born 1 July 1976)[1] is a South African artist who lives and works in Cape Town.[2]

Early life and family

Eastman was born in Newcastle upon Tyne in the United Kingdom to South African parents. He returned to South Africa at a young age and grew up in Johannesburg and Cape Town, where he is based.[3]


Eastman is best known for a distinctive monochromatic style. Images held in shallow relief depictions remain nearly invisible until the spectator is positioned correctly for light to throw the images into relief, reflecting changing tone and colour. This technique was probably most successfully used in his monumental “Horse”, 2005.[4]

In 2007, Eastman presented 'Supernature' at Cape Town gallery whatiftheworld.[5] The naturalistic, rich and startling large-scale series of enamel and acrylic paintings on aluminium sheets, depicted the portraits of various owl species relating to themes of superstition and luck.[6]

In 2010, Eastman exhibited a series of black portraits at Primo Marella gallery in Milan, Italy, curated by Yacouba Konaté.

Eastman was selected alongside 17 International artists to produce a poster for The 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa. Later that year the work was auctioned at Phillips de Pury in New York City.

In 2014 Eastman presented "Deep Chine", an exhibition of atmospheric, contemplative and ambient forest-scapes. Based on photographs from his family farm, Eastman disassembles the image and reconstitutes it to form an entirely new picture which bears a vague semblance to the original, but for the viewer there is an uncanny familiarity and connection to the content, which is suffused with opaque moods and dreamlike memory.[7]

See also

Selected solo exhibitions

2014 Deep Chine, Smac Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa

2012 Buried in black and white, WHATIFTHEWORLD gallery, Cape Town, South Africa

2010 Life is short, WHATIFTHEWORLD gallery, Cape Town, South Africa[8]

2010 For the term of their natural lives, CO-OP gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa[9]

2009 Peter Eastman Landscapes, Aardklop National arts festival, Potchefstroom, South Africa[10]

2008 Shadow Paintings, Obert contemporary, Johannesburg, South Africa

Supernature, WHATIFTHEWORLD gallery, Cape Town, South Africa[11]

2007 Black Paintings, Obert Contemporary, Johannesburg, South Africa

2004 ReflectiveStevenson gallery, Cape Town, South Africa[12]

External links


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  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-09-10. Retrieved 2012-08-11.
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  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2009-04-17. Retrieved 2012-08-11.
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  8. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-02-10. Retrieved 2012-08-11.
  9. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-01-19. Retrieved 2012-08-11.
  10. ^ The North-West University Gallery
  11. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2009-04-17. Retrieved 2012-08-11.
  12. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-06-20. Retrieved 2012-08-11.
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