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 '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 '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 'el shaddai'

El Shaddai

Oil on canvas Size: 90 x 120cm This was the second collaboration of this magnitude and successfully completed in 2013. It all started with the clients description of a vision. We discussed the concept and […]

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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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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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