Contemporary South African Fine Artist Peter Pharoah represented in the United Kingdom (UK) by Dave Evans Contemporary South African Fine Artist Peter Pharoah represented in the United Kingdom (UK) by Dave Evans
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The Applecart Man.. by Peter Pharoah.
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The Applecart Man by Peter Pharoah

Dirkie has been a regular visitor to our home for the past six years or so...

He is not normally welcomed by Odi, our rather noisy, but ineffectual guard dog, whose ears prick up as he shuffles up our driveway, her shrill barking announcing that a very scary intruder is on the doorstep!

But Dirkie is harmless… A ‘coloured’ man of indeterminate age from the local township, who arrives most mornings with a large gap toothed smile and a joke for the ‘masa’. He hobbles up the steps to the front door then watches the koi in the pond outside the studio as he waits patiently for someone to come out and greet him.

He is a familiar figure tottering along the roads of our small suburb and one often encounters him enjoying a sandwich and coffee on the doorsteps of those who don’t shoo him away. No one knows exactly how old he really is; but we think that the fact that he walks the streets of Wilderness keeps him healthy and impervious to the vagaries of his difficult, yet interesting life.

According to Dirkie, the reason that he has been unable to work for most of his adult life has nothing at all to do with consuming vast amounts of cheap alcohol and everything to do with the fact that he fell from an apple cart when he was young and gainfully employed at a farm in the Langeberge.

What made him creep into our hearts is that he has never once asked for money, preferring a less obvious approach. He stands on the doorstep and shoots the breeze for a while then leaves us chuckling, confounded by the stark contrast of his razor sharp wit and his outwardly dilapidated appearance.

When I decided to paint him, I wanted to capture the warmth and vitality of his extremely weathered face. I rendered him very loosely, hinting at his obviously poor eyesight and trying to capture the warmth of his character in his defining feature; his one-toothed grin…

Once the artwork was completed, I waited impatiently for Dirkie to visit again so I could show him the painting.. When he finally arrived and encountered the artwork which is quite large, measuring 116x116cm. He gazed at it in silence for a while then turned to me, shaking his head and said; “Sjoe masa, maar ‘n ‘hotnot’ is mos ‘n lelike ding…”*

*Afrikaans “Heavens! But a hottentot is an ugly creature”

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