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The man on the street by Peter van Straten. Everard Read Gallery, CT. 7-22 June 2011

My God what a world! And what hopes I once had of grasping it . oil on canvas board / 61 x 91 cm

The Lens . oil on canvas board / 85 x 120 cm

Detail from: The poet van Rensburg contemplates the erotic possibilities of loss

The poet van Rensburg contemplates the erotic possibilities of loss. Oil on canvas board/ 90 x 70 cm

Detail from When all that's left down here is love

Detail from When all that's left down here is love. oil on canvas board / 100 X 134 cm

The embrace. oil on canvas board / 90 x 120 cm

The vanishing . oil on canvas board / 90 x 70 cm

Detail from: Experiments in bliss

Experiments in bliss. oil on canvas board / 90 x 70 cm

The decision. oil on canvas board / 90 x 70 cm

The man on the street. oil on canvas board / 90 x 120 cm

Staying in touch . oil on canvas board / 61 x 122 cm

Revolution. oil on canvas board / 90 x 120 cm

In the quiet corners of a life. oil on canvas board / 90 x 120 cm

The bull and the ballerina . oil on canvas board / 90 x 120 cm

Euler's formula. oil on canvas board / 90 x 70 cm

Red line with soil and coal. oil on canvas board / 70 x 90 cm

Why so sad that you cannot fly (when you never had wings to begin with)? oil on canvas board / 90 x 70 cm

The man on the street by Peter van Straten. Everard Read Gallery, CT (7-22 June 2011) Tragicomedy is Peter van Straten. Few contemporary South African painters have managed to combine such painfully poignant, personal truths with the outrageous misfortune and hilarity of the human conundrum, by magnifying the foibles and follies of brave, clueless protagonists in grave, forbidding landscapes. In his latest exhibition “The man on the street”, van Straten’s socio-political farces avoid overt finger-pointing, and so delve into the heart of what it is to be human. Here he investigates paradoxes: futility and hubris; creativity and destruction; design and coincidence; indifference and longing, and all from the very personal stance of a bemused yet defiant soul assaulted by the complex stimuli that constitute life. This is Peter van Straten’s first solo exhibition at Everard Read. Please join us at 3 Portswood Road, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town. For more information contact us on +27 21 418 4527 or ctgallery@everard.co.za.

Detail from: My God what a world! And what hopes I once had of grasping it .

Giclee limited edition prints from Peter van Straten’s previous exhibitions can be purchased at The South African Print Gallery, CT www.printgallery.co.za


The man on the street by Peter van Straten