A close up showing detail of the painting Butcher Birds

The Butcher Birds

It was once again, as was the case in similar collaborations in the past, a very rewarding and fulfilling experience for parties involved. The client had the opportunity to both plant the initial seed of […]

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surreal painting by south african artist pieter van tonder titled 'the eye'

The Eye

This was the first collaboration, with the client as a partner in the conceptualization and creative process.

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surreal painting by south african artist pieter van tonder titled 'the missing piece'

The Missing Piece

a moment of clarity, wherein all make sense as a coherent whole. Somewhere between free will and destiny, two forces battle for sovereignty. What we perceive as our reality is perhaps the dust kicked up by this eternal battle, beautifully tinted by the setting sun. Sometimes free will wins, sometimes destiny, but for the most part they’re inseparably intertwined in their fiery tango.

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surreal painting by south african artist pieter van tonder titled 'cannon'

Cannon

Driven by an acute awareness of the definitive termination of his short stroll on the planet, and driven simultaneously by a restless thirst for power and control and a burning desire to explore

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Current Works in Progress

One of the most effective ways to maintain a relatively objective eye in the creation of an original work of art, is to work on a few at the same time and thus to rotate […]

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surreal painting by south african artist pieter van tonder titled 'taurus'

The Vigil

Size: 100 x 80cm | Oil on canvas This piece was painted during a particularly difficult year during which other avenues arrested my attention. Whenever I could escape into the studio for a few hours […]

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Glimpse of Leopard painting

Tiptoeing up to a leopard part II

This painting, although the first stage took only three days,  has been one of the gradually evolving backdrops to the last three months of my life that’s been undergoing an even greater metamorphosis. I’ve been […]

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Tiptoeing up to a leopard

As we walk through life, from challenge to opportunity, from tribulation to titillation, hardship to bliss, through love and heartbreak, as if through the rifts, jungles and savannas of an untouched continent, the number of […]

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The Seventh Veil

This is the seventh and last canvas in the series. I had already been working on the other six for months while this one remained ominously blank. I left this one for last for two […]

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