Ian Pearson

ian-pearson

Ian Pearson

Recovering Bush No. 2 oil on canvas 30×30cm

Artist statement
In a world drenched in visual images how can an artist compete? Well, the paintings I am doing now don’t seek to compete with ‘the noise’ but rather create a quiet place devoid of any sub-text. They seek to celebrate the traditional beauty of ‘pure painting’ concerned with colour, light, texture, and the relationship of paint to canvas. My aim is to make images that initially seduce but only reveal themselves over a prolonged period of contemplation. I would make an analogy with Beethoven’s string quartets, music stripped down to bare essentials, abstract and elevating, transcending “meaning” and existing in the realm of pure experience.

Ian Pearson February 2015

Exhibitions

2015
Ian Pearson
2014
Ian Pearson

Biography

1951
Born in England
1960
Arrived in Australia
1969
Architecture, University of New South Wales
1970-1972
Fine Arts, Sydney University
1973-1976
Diploma in Art, Alexander Mackie College of Advanced Education
1978-1986
Tutor (part-time), Drawing Painting and Printmaking, National Art School, East Sydney Technical College
1987-1998
Tutor / Lecturer (part-time), Drawing, Painting and Printmaking Southern Cross University
1999-2005
Tutor, drawing/painting, Lismore TAFE

Solo Exhibitions

2007
‘Re-creation’ Robin GIbson Gallery
2003
‘Postcards from Byron’ Australian High Commission, London
1998
‘Nil by mouth’, Robin Gibson Gallery
1995
‘Sign Language’, Robin Gibson Gallery
1993
‘Mouth to Mouth’, Robin Gibson Gallery
1992
‘Illusions of Grandeur’, Robin Gibson Gallery
1991
‘Floating World’, Robin Gibson Gallery
1989
‘Pictures from a garden’ Editions – Southbank, Melbourne
‘One hand clapping’, Robin Gibson Gallery
1988
‘Surface Parodies’, Robin Gibson Gallery
1986
‘Stop Making Sense’, Robin Gibson Gallery
1985
‘Totems and Tokens’, Robin Gibson Gallery
1984
‘Paintings on Paper’, Robin Gibson Gallery
1983
‘Constructed Paintings’, Robin Gibson Gallery
‘Automatic Paintings’, Bonython – Meadmore Gallery, Adelaide
1981
‘Prints and Paintings’, Robin Gibson Gallery
1979
‘Prints and Paintings’, Robin Gibson Gallery
1977
‘Prints and Paintings’, Robin Gibson Gallery

Bibliography

  • ‘View From the Nursery’ Sandra McGrath, Sydney Morning Herald 12/7/77
  • ‘Art Review’ Sandra McGrath, SMH 7/7/79
  • ‘Artists Are Measured by Their Age’ Nancy Borlase, SMH 8/8/81
  • ‘Galleries’ Sandra McGrath, SMH 25/6/83
  • ‘Touch of the Bush’ Susannah Short, SMH 30/6/83
  • ‘A Respite From Angst’ Elwyn Lynn, Weekend Australian 10/6/84
  • ‘Cliches and Symbols Give a Whole New Meaning’ Susannah Short, SMH 30/6/84
  • ‘Surface, Theme, Light’ Elwyn Lynn, Weekend Australian 20/7/86
  • ‘Art’ Elwyn Lynn, Weekend Australian 20/7/86
  • ‘A Parodic Confluence of Myths’ Elwyn Lynn, Weekend Australian 23/2/88
  • ‘A Testament to Friendliness’ Elwyn Lynn, Weekend Australian 3/9/89
  • ‘Contemporary Australian Collage’ Arthur Mclntyre, 1991
  • ‘Molecular Heartbreak’ Elwyn Lynn, Weekend Australian 15/6/91

Collections

  • Australian National Gallery, Canberra
  • New Parliament House, Canberra
  • Wagga Wagga Art Gallery, NSW
  • Sydney Stock Exchange
  • Banque Nationale de Paris
  • Planning and Environment Commission
  • BHP Collection
  • McCann-Erickson, Sydney
  • Elton John Collection
  • Lismore Regional Gallery
  • Maitland City Gallery


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