South African artist Peter Mammes has had one of his artworks featured in the London Underground, a great honour for the artist.
London, United Kingdom – Peter Mammes was born in Krugersdorp, Johannesburg in 1986 and began drawing as a young child. He attended the National School of the Arts in Braamfontein where he matriculated in 2004.
Peter started his career out as a puppeteer’s apprentice and a prop maker. He has since gone on to showcase his artworks at several exhibitions including several solo exhibitions. His focus has always been subjects that have a difficult narrative.
He currently lives in the UK and was invited to create a piece for the London Underground. He decided to feature World War One British soldiers tending to a German soldier’s wounds. The piece has been called “Licking Your Wounds”.
He discussed how and where he draws his inspiration and what his works mean on his website.
“I am interested in patterns. Thoughts occur as patterns; our lives are made up of events that occur as repetitions; history is repeated in patterned compositions. I am fascinated by the way nature forms patterns, even those that are grotesque. When people and animals are born deformed, the deformity is symmetrical, harmonious. There are patterns in deformities, which imbue them with grace and beauty.”
“I try and draw attention to the beauty of the things society tries to hide, the beauty in the uncommon and unusual. I grapple with the way in which what we consider benign and banal today might be in the future, or have been in the past, considered pathological and bizarre. My work draws attention to the unusual in order to question our current sense of normality, which is temporal and malleable.”
If you are wondering where else you may have seen Peter’s work, in April, he collaborated with the South African Mint to create a commemorative coin celebrating 25 years of democracy. The coin will be released soon so keep an eye out.
We are very proud of Peter, who has taken his art to a whole new level. We love it when South Africans succeed in their fields. The artwork can be found at the Pimlico station in London. Take a look at it in detail below.