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An Artist in the Natural World: Bruce Pearson exhibition

2 July, 2013 - 16:53 -- World Land Trust
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King penguins coming ashore, south georgia, by Bruce Pearson

2 July 2013: An exhibition of work by Bruce Pearson, the renowned marine and landscape artist, opens in July at World Land Trust gallery in Halesworth, Suffolk.

The preview of the exhibition, An Artist in the Natural World, is on Saturday 6 July, and from Sunday 7 July Bruce is in residence in the gallery.

Bruce has been a friend to World Land Trust (WLT) since its inception in 1989. He has been a trustee for many years and he has visited and painted in some of the overseas nature reserves that WLT has helped preserve, for example, in Zambia and Ecuador.

John Burton, Chief Executive of World Land Trust has known Bruce for many years: “Ever since Bruce illustrated a book I wrote more than 37 years ago, I have greatly admired Bruce’s art. Over the years his work has developed, and his creativity is enormous. He is now reckoned to be one of the finest living wildlife artists.”

Artist in the field

While in residence in WLT gallery, Bruce will be working on paintings and monoprints to show at Bird Fair 2013, a celebration of British birds and bird watching, which takes place annually in August at Rutland Water.

"Ever since Bruce illustrated a book I wrote more than 37 years ago, I have greatly admired Bruce’s art. Over the years his work has developed, and his creativity is enormous. He is now reckoned to be one of the finest living wildlife artists."
(John Burton, Chief Executive, World Land Trust)

For Bruce, “pure observation is the raw material”, and the starting point for most of his work is the field experience, which might be anywhere from Antarctica to the Tumbesian forests of Ecuador, or even under water.

During a day in the field, Bruce gathers together a range of fleeting ideas, detailed sketches, themes and notes. “It might be a few small sketches, or a larger and more considered drawing, sometimes even a more ambitious painting which one hopes distils something of the day’s experience.”

Back in the studio, these gleanings take on a new perspective and from them he creates finished works using different methods and materials.

Monoprints

Bruce’s speciality is monoprint, a print made from a wet painting on a non-absorbent surface such as glass, Plexiglas or metal, which is transferred to paper either by the pressure of the hand or an etching or lithographic press.

Many types of pigment can be used, including oil paints, acrylics, printer's ink, enamels, watercolours, and gouache, depending on the desired effect.

Whatever the pigment, the transfer process transforms the image as drawn or painted on the plate into the image that finally appears on paper. Unlike other printing methods, the monoprint  – as its name suggests - ends with a single image of textures and surface effects.

Bruce will be demonstrating the monoprint method during his residency at WLT gallery.

Bruce Pearson in residence

For those who live in the vicinity of Halesworth, Bruce’s residency presents an exciting opportunity to see him at work. Strongly recommended are regular visits to the gallery while he is in residence, to see how his work progresses during the week.

During Bruce’s residence pictures of his work will be posted on WLT’s website, Facebook page and on Twitter. WLT will also make a film recording of Bruce at work during the residency.

More information

  • Preview: Saturday 6 July 2013, 12pm – 4pm
  • Artist in Residence: Sunday 7 July – Thursday 11 July 2013, 10am – 4pm
  • Exhibition Dates & Opening Times: Monday 8 July – Friday 9 August 2013, Monday – Friday, 10am – 4pm
  • Bruce Pearson's website »

Full press release: PDF http://www.worldlandtrust.org/documents/press-release-2013-july-an-artist-in-the-natural-world.pdf (179kb) (opens in a new window) 

For more details contact Christina Ballinger (cballinger@worldlandtrust.org) or Kelly Jacobs (kjacobs@worldlandtrust.org)

 

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