Peter Clarke was a visual artist, writer and poet. His career spanned more than 6 decades and his work was exhibited and honoured on 6 continents. Peter passed away on 13 April 2014 in Ocean View. (1/5)
Peter was born on 2 June 1929 in Simon’s Town. His mother was a domestic worker; his father was a dockyard worker. Though they didn’t earn much, his parents supplied him with pencils, crayons and paper on which to practise his art. (2/5)
In 1944, after a year at Livingstone High School, he started working as a dock worker. In 1956, Peter gave up his job at the dockyard. He held his first solo exhibition in the newsroom of the newspaper The Golden City Post, in 1957. (3/5)
In 1966, Simon’s Town became an affected area under the Group Areas Act. In 1972, his family was forced to move. They had to organise their own transport. “I would like to be able to ask people living in Simon’s Town… (4/5)
“… are you happy living here, but in so many cases they are strangers… you don’t see people, no children playing and sometimes a dog barking.”

In 2005, he was awarded the Order of Ikhamanga (Silver) by President Thabo Mbeki. (5/5)

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