The walls are filling…

I had the good fortune to be commissioned to paint seven huge canvasses for a hotel restaurant in Cape Town. I started working on the first drafts at the end of September 2013 and currently […]

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surreal painting by south african artist pieter van tonder titled 'behind the veil 1'

The Nature of Reality

A lot can be uttered on this topic. This painting explores the mystery of why two, related, transient beings, often observe a shared reality to have different confines.

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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 'little boat of hope'

Little Boat of Hope

Throughout the early years of my wandering as an artist, when I did a lot of work in pencil and ink, a little rowboat like this often featured. It was never the main object. Always just a subtle presence.

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

Who the Master

We see empires rise and fall. We remember and uphold some remarkable men and women, great leaders of their time; fierce individuals. We forget the slave, the peasant, the worker, the men and women on whose backs all empires were built.

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

Gravity

I can never contemplate Adam and Eve and the tree of knowledge without Newton. Don’t we all gravitate towards the apple, the question, the why, in much the same way as we cling to earth. And what’s wrong with seeking our own truth?

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

Taurus

Size: 48 x 60cm | Oil on canvas This original painting is for sale! Price: ZAR 6500     To purchase this painting please contact me directly.  

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

The Seventh Day

This painting was simply and purely inspired by the beautiful world we live in. We as artists can strive to reflect but a fraction of God’s ultimate creation. Him being the ultimate artist.

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surreal painting by south african artist pieter van tonder titled 'temperance relinquished'

Temperance Relinquished

The island is a hand, like that of a hitch hiker’s with thumb leveled. This painting is a reminder that one should perhaps more often let go of the things that constrain us, in our movements, actions and thoughts.

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