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Peter Mammes

Born in: 1986

South Africa

Biography

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Peter Mammes is a South African contemporary artist born in 1986.

Self-taught, he gets his inspiration from his numerous journeys around the world which punctuated his career.
Among his most significant on the artistic plan journeys, an extended stay in Moscow, Russia, allowed Peter Mammes to produce an important series of works influenced by Stalinist period, Soviet Union's history and Russian culture.
Another memorable life experience, took place in Varanasi, India, where the sights of open-air cremations and ceremonies in this city of the death, profoundly affected the artist and had a lasting impact on his artworks.

With around thirty personal and collective exhibitions, as well as numerous participations in fairs of contemporary art in Johannesburg, South Africa, the singular artist feeds besides - through a collection of medical instruments, objects and vestiges of the war - a fascination and a big passion for the museums of medical sciences and the museums of the war which transcend and impregnate each of his artworks.

Every Petter Mammes artwork consists of different subjects, which together, deliver a plural and ambivalent message inviting the spectator on reflection in a macabre and sinister atmosphere; the main idea of the artist being to find of the beauty in the ugliness.
Images of death, war, drama and oppression on the background of multiple ideas and historical facts represent Peter Mammes's outline artistic objective, which tries to make get through his art a shape of subversion and to present complex subjects in a simple and stratified way. " For a long time I am passionate about historical and social narratives. I try and subvert traditional narratives by the juxtaposition of multiple images and patterns, and play with the idea of the complexity. I work with a paintbrush and ink because of the variations in line, I try and keep everything simple in a complex manner, or complex in a simple manner, and the drawing in several layers, is the key of my process of creation. I believe that the grotesque can be beautiful and I create drawings which underline nonsense and are conceived to put the spectators uncomfortable. My artworks are nuanced, and do not depict a single idea. I leave mystery for spectators to decide what is the narrative ", the artist says.

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Peter Mammes, Harmonious Discongruity, Drawing

Peter Mammes

Harmonious Discongruity, 2014
84 x 30 cm
Drawing

€2 000

Peter Mammes, Combatants and Cannon Fodder, Painting

Peter Mammes

Combatants and Cannon Fodder, 2014
85 x 244 cm
Painting

€7 500

Peter Mammes, Blowback, Drawing

Peter Mammes

Blowback, 2015
42 x 40 cm
Drawing

€1 900

Peter Mammes, Fate of Glory, Drawing

Peter Mammes

Fate of Glory, 2014
52 x 39 cm
Drawing

€1 500

Peter Mammes, Liberators, Drawing

Peter Mammes

Liberators, 2015
42 x 40 cm
Drawing

€1 900

Peter Mammes, Comply, Drawing

Peter Mammes

Comply, 2013
51 x 84 cm
Drawing

€2 000

Peter Mammes, The Great Apes, Drawing

Peter Mammes

The Great Apes, 2015
25 x 34 cm
Drawing

€1 500

Peter Mammes, Indivisible Condition of Being, Drawing

Peter Mammes

Indivisible Condition of Being, 2016
39 x 47 cm
Drawing

€1 500

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