Ian Pearson


Ian Pearson

Night Jetty 30.5×30.5cm oil on canvas

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
1972 Fine Arts, Sydney University
1976 Diploma in Art, Alexander Mackie College of Advanced Education

Solo Exhibitions

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
1989 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
1983 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


‘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


Australia Club
Wendy Whiteley Collection
The Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery, Launceston, Tasmania
Australian National Gallery, Canberra
New Parliament House, Canberra
Wagga Wagga Art Gallery, NSW
Sydney Stock Exchange
Banque Nationale de Paris
Planning and Environment Commission
McCann-Erickson, Sydney
Elton John Collection
Lismore Regional Gallery
Maitland City Gallery

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