Ian Pearson

Ian Pearson

New Skin Old Wounds 180×180cm oil on canvas $7,500
Cockatoo 60×60cm oil on canvas $1,900
Two Girls 120×90cm oil on canvas $3,500

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

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

2018 ‘Matisee, Tom & Co’, Robin Gibson Gallery
2017 ‘Out on a Limb’ Robin Gibson Gallery
2015 ‘Just a thought’, Robin Gibson Gallery
2014 ‘Eye Music’ Robin Gibson Gallery
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


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
Australia Club
University of NSW Collection
Wendy Whitely Collection
Launceston Regional Gallery

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