André grew up in Durban, Kwa-Zulu Natal, and graduated with a BA Honours Degree in Fine Arts. Later, he found himself in the heart of the winelands in Stellenbosch, Cape Town, South Africa. After a successful stint abroad where he was highly regarded as an International Artist of high acclaim, Andre returned to the land of his birth, and the Stellenbosch winelands where he now lives with his wife and three children. His paintings are proudly displayed in private collections in Washington DC, Toronto Canada, Germany, France, Rome Italy, United Kingdom, Channel Isles, Australia, Qatar and of course, South Africa.
Peypers is a versatile artist, with a distinctive soft-focus style, making his works desirable and hugely collectable. Peypers prefers to work on very large scale canvases, adding a dramatic visual impact to his composition and subject matter. What many artists endeavour to grasp and achieve in their lifetimes comes naturally to André. He combines with absolute success the use of rich, robust, velvet like colours that jump out to grab you. At the same time his work possesses a stillness, mirroring the quiet reflections and drawing us into that silent world to explore. The success of this striking effect of moving colour is achieved by using only the primary colours, giving André the freedom to create his own spectrum of hues and texture.
André's favourite subject is his zebra studies. Zebras have always fascinated him in the way their stripes define their body shape, their eyes and poses reflecting individual moods and personalities. Zebras natural instinct is to stand together to confuse any situation of imminent danger (unlike human species). He zooms in and crops their natural behaviour.
The large scale canvas allows him to work almost life size bringing movement into the composition. At first glance the viewer finds it difficult to focus on one specific zebra (as in the case of the predator). As the viewer steps backward, the composition starts to unfold with planes of open spaces; created by the grazing zebras, composing an almost abstract landscape in and between the towering necks and faces of the other zebras. Tension builds up, and the composition becomes a tango of sharp in-focus and soft out-of-focus zebras.