Through his artwork Peter Mammes aims to surpass language barriers posed by the written and spoken word and develop a new, comprehensive way to visually relay complex ideas.



Mammes finds inspiration in the study of modern history and politics, artefacts, ancient Egyptian Hieroglyphics, Indian patterns from temples and cremation pits, Soviet and Russian neo-classical patterns and dead animals found in the Namibian deserts.

The highly nuanced finished pieces are loaded with intricate symbols, graphic decorations and imagery to form a system of pictorial calligraphy.

Mammes’ work manifests a universal artistic language that, rather than depict reality, presents concepts and ideas and encourages the viewer to think more broadly.