As a painter, printmaker and field naturalist Bruce Pearson has combined all three in a 40-year career as an artist fascinated by the rhythm and restlessness of the natural world pursuing ideas about wild landscapes and places where people and human activity interact with habitats to create interesting themes.
The starting point has to be the field experience as pure observation is the raw material - perhaps a few small sketches, sometimes a larger more considered drawing, or when the moment is right attempting a more ambitious painting which one hopes distils something of the day’s experience. A work straight from the field can sometimes be framed and exhibited as it is; what’s left is taken back to the studio to be viewed in a new light and the snatched ideas worked through in different mediums - relief printing (lino and woodcuts), monotype and drypoint, screen printing, or oil painting.
Over the past 40 years working as an artist Bruce has been fortunate in being able to travel widely in search of subjects from the Arctic and Antarctica, to Africa, much of Europe, and the Americas. However, a lot of his time these days is spent in a studio filled with drawings, paintings, notebooks, and sketches reflecting those travels. Although there are still opportunities to see new species and experience different landscapes and also explore new ideas, searching through those accumulated volumes of creative debris for fresh starting points he is finding an increasingly exciting creative pursuit.
1969 - 1970 Art Foundation, Gt. Yarmouth College of Art and Design
1970 - 1973 BA (Hons) Fine Art, Leicester Polytechnic
1997 - 2004 Visiting Lecturer, Royal College Art, London
1994 - 2004 President, Society of Wildlife Artists, FBA London
2010 - onwards Vice-president, Artists for Nature Foundation, Holland
2005 Winner, GMAC Commercial Mortgage Europe Art Award, (SWLA, London)
2008 Runner-up, CAPMARK Art Award, (SWLA, London)
2012 Solo exhibition, Troubled Waters, Art Galleries Europe, London
2008 Solo exhibition, Recent Work, Pinkfoot Gallery, Norfolk
2008 Group exhibition, Recent Work, Wildlife Art Gallery, Lavenham, Suffolk
2007 Solo exhibition, Recent Work, Westcliffe Gallery, Sheringham, Norfolk, UK
2006 Solo exhibition, AnTalla Dearg Gallery, Isle of Skye, Scotland
2003 Solo exhibition, In a New Light, Wildlife Art Gallery, Lavenham, Suffolk
Group exhibition, Birds in Art, Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum, USA
2002 Group exhibition, Wildlife and the Artist, Wildlife Art Gallery, Lavenham, Suffolk
Solo exhibition, Recent Work, Peter Hedley Gallery, Dorset
2012 Publication of Troubled Waters (author& illustrator). A personal journey across the southern ocean exploring the life of seabirds and the threats they face from longline fishing interests which is driving some species towards extinction.
2003 Publication of In a New Light, (author and illustrator). A book that looks back at my earlier work and various projects and ideas pursued as an artist over many years.
1991 Publication of An Artist on Migration (author and illustrator). A personal interpretation of the annual journeys many millions of birds make flowing with the seasons between Europe and Africa
1992 BBC2 World About Us - Beyond Timbuktu. Writer and presenter of a 50-minute documentary film about the people and wildlife that is dependant on the seasonal floods of the Sahel region of West Africa.
1994 Channel 4 Television - Birdscape. Writer and presenter a series of six half-hour programmes that featured a range of British landscapes and the lives of the birds, and some of the people, associated with them.