Peter van Straten: Nothing ruins a grandiose sense of self like a hyperactive sense of irony.
I am prevented therefore from uttering with any seriousness an ambition that is non-the-less heartfelt: to celebrate, with a single iconic image, each uniquely intriguing facet of human existence.
This task would of course take many lifetimes, and while I might conceivably have many lives it is doubtful whether I would remember my task from one life to the next; becoming instead the postmaster at Wellington, then a bureaucrat in Bangladesh, followed by a housewife in Durban – each without the slightest interest in illustrating the human condition.
Peter van Straten is a Self- Taught painter.
“An invitation from the depths,” Casa Labia Gallery, Cape Town.
Registration of The Peter van Straten Art Foundation.
Solo Show: “Encounters at the edge” Knysna Fine Art Gallery, Knysna.
Finalist exhibition – Sovereign Art Award Africa 2011, Joburg Art Fair
18th Solo Exhibition ”The man on the street”: Everard Read Gallery, Cape Town.
Group show: “Threshold” Everard Read Gallery, Cape Town.
Commissioned to draw five landscapes on the walls of the Da Vinci Hotel, Sandton, Johannesburg.
Group show: “Sex Power Money” Everard Read Gallery, Cape Town.
Group show: “The City” Everard Read Gallery, Cape Town.
Group Exhibition – “Beyond Matter” – Menier Chocolate Factory Gallery, London
Opening group show: “David Brown Fine Art” Johannesburg.
His work is featured in several national and international collections