P e t e r E a s t m a n
'These monotone enamel paintings reflect on our
position as a
viewer. They make us aware of ourselves in relation to a painting
and, more broadly, of our persona and position in the world at large.
They mirror our projections onto paintings, and blur the boundaries
between the intention of the artist and our preconceptions. The
viewer is integral to these paintings, and, in reality, the viewer's
shadow and reflection is a fundamental part of the transient image. I
paint in a studio in the city of Cape Town where I feel part of, but
apart from, the masses of people, and in these paintings I play with
my ambivalence toward anonymity in a familiar landscape'.
Eastman came to South Africa soon after he was born in 1976 in
Newcastle-upon-Tyne, United Kingdom. He grew up in Johannesburg, and
matriculated at Rondebosch Boys High School in Cape Town where Henry
Symonds taught art history. After a year at Michaelis School of Fine
Art, he decided to make art on his own. He subsequently worked as a
restorer of antiquities in London before returning to Cape Town in
1998. He has had two small solo exhibitions and his work has also
been included in numerous group shows.
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