Bryan Pearce, St Ives Artist

8 Mar 2019 – 25 Mar 2019

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Bryan Pearce, a truly natural painter, remained largely uninfluenced by other artists. Often paired with the earlier local Naive artist, Alfred Wallis, although with different temperaments, both are genuine ‘Outsider’ artists with a similar matter-of-fact freshness and singularity of view.


An exhibition of oil paintings, drawings and prints by Bryan Pearce, who attended the St Ives School of Painting in the 1950s, led by Leonard Fuller, and had his first one person exhibition at the Newlyn Art Gallery in 1959.

Always beginning a painting with a feint pencil outline and gradually blocking in areas using a personal palette of colours, a sense of order and calmness, bathed in the ambient light of western Cornwall, pervades Pearce’s work. From the 1970s, with the help of other St Ives artists, Pearce produced a series of etchings. Also, under the direction of fellow artists and master printmaker, a number of silk screen stencils based on his oil paintings were produced. Sympathetic to the original paintings these limited edition prints are signed by Pearce.

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