"I explore modern and metaphysical subjects via surreal and abstract painting."
Peter Pitout is a Franco/South-African artist born in South Africa in 1977 and spent his childhood in the city of Durban. This coastal city has had a long-lasting impact on his work. It influenced his palette, imbued with the colors of the African landscape and of the Indian ocean. It also influenced his primary subjects, namely the human form and identity.
Pitout obtained his Diploma in Industrial Art and Design in 1993 and it was during this period that began a lifelong relationship with oil painting.
The artist moved to London, UK in 1995 and after a decade in London, experimenting in different subjects and mediums, oil painting remained central to his creative process.
The complexity of assuming a South African identity abroad, solidified his choice, of the human form and identity, as his principal subjects. In 2003 Pitout moved to the south of France and in 2006 he obtained his Professional Qualification in Silkscreen Printing via the Greta - Toulouse, France.
Peter Pitout is currently working from his studio in Blagnac, in the south of France.
This review was published by Circle Foundation for the Arts © CFA Press ∙ Images are courtesy of the artist