this is the third instalment of VISITS, a series in collaboration with Monya Eastman.
walking into Peter Eastman‘s studio on the east side of the city made me realise how many little gems must be hidden all over Cape Town. Peter is actually Monya’s brother-in-law, which made this VISIT a relaxed affair. he showed us the new pieces he was working on for his upcoming exhibition at Smac, and all around the studio were trinkets from by his daughter Jemima – a drawing of a lion, a statue of a cat, rocks collected from the Karoo…
Words: Monya Eastman
It helps to have an artist in the family, especially when you have to choose paint colours for your house… or those times when you need an exquisite water colour of a barn owl.
Something I’ve always envied about Pete is that he never went through the teenage angst of “what am i going to do with my life” because he always knew that art was the only thing he ever wanted to do. And that kind of certainty is rare in life. I also admire that he is unique in the way that few people are – not only because he does the things he loves but because he draws inspiration from ordinary landscapes and faces and lets you in on angles that you otherwise would have missed.
Apart from painting he also makes beautiful rings, is a great dad to Jemima Lily and cats Gizmo and Rainbow Princess and partner to his other creative half – Kirsty Bannerman.
here are two of Peter’s pieces from his new exhibition, courtesy of Smac Gallery: