PETER PEARSON is best known for his evocative paintings of cities and architectural subjects, principally of Dublin, his native city. He has however other strands in his painting including landscape and seascape, and an element of symbolism and the surreal are also sometimes found in his work.
Many of the city subjects depict the changing city, portraying decay, loss of identity along with haunting beauty of the older houses and buildings. Cranes and traffic, often painted in winter light or by night are favourite features, and give the pictures a contemporary character.
Far from being merely topographical, Pearson’s pictures evoke the mood of the city and celebrate its historical symbolism and heritage issues, which the artist has been campaigning to protect for over thirty years.
His first significant solo exhibition was in Venice in 1978 where he had been studying on an Italian Government Scholarship for painting. He has been exhibiting his work continuously ever since and his paintings are to be seen in many public and private collections.
Many of Pearson’s recent compositions are arranged from a high vantage point, such as from the top of a large buliding. He has, for example, painted “en plein air” from the top of the Custom House, Dublin’s Civil Offices and O’Connell bridge house. Over the past few years he has taken the high vantage point a stage further in a series of aerial views of the city and the bay. The pattern of streets and buildings seen from the air form an exciting abstract patchwork of light and shade, structure and void.
Although conceding to a certain romantic mood in some of the paintings in this show, the presence of modernity in the form of new buildings, traffic, bridges, scaffolding and cranes, he avoids a simply nostalgic view of Dublin and its historical places. Pearson
celebrates the city, and records moments of contemporary life- a new bridge, a visting ship, buildings under construction. Earlier
exhibitions recorded the relentless destruction which once blighted Dublin, for example the new pier of Greystones.
Water is a constant source of interest, and there are few paintings, which do not feature the sea, a river or some other source of water. Ships, ports and the life of the Docks have always provided interesting subjects for Pearson’s brush. Smoke is another element, which is often present, sometimes in the form of lurid clouds polluting the atmosphere from the industrial chimney. The E.S.B chimneys in Dublin bay have been a favourite subject for over thirty years. He has also painted such places as N.E.T in Arklow, which once belched sulphuric yellow clouds, and the highly industrialized port of La Havre and in this show in particular there are several studies of ports on the East Coast of Ireland. Peter, born in Dublin 1955, is now living with his family in Co.Wexford
Born Dublin, 1955
2007 Pigyard Gallery, Wexford
2006 Dalkey Arts centre, Dublin
2005 Pigyard Gallery, Wexford
2004 William Frank Gallery, Dublin
2004 The Frederick Gallery, Dublin
2003 The Frederick Gallery, Dublin
2002 The Frederick Gallery, Dublin
2000 James Adams salerooms, Dublin
1999 The American College, Dublin
1997 The Bridge Gallery, Dublin
1996 The Southbank Gallery, Dun Laoghaire
1995 Dublin Castle, Dublin
1994 Well Spring Gallery, Tralee
1993 Bobby Dawson Gallery, Dun Laoghaire
1991 Guinness Hop Store, Dublin
1991 The New Academy Gallery, London
1990 Malton Gallery, Dublin
1989 Malton Gallery, Dublin
1988 Dublin Port and Docks Board, Dublin
1987 Spitalfields Workspace Gallery, London
1986 Galleria Buquet, Caen,France
1985 The Tailor’s Hall, Dublin
1983/84 Apollo Gallery, Blackrock, Co.Dublin
1982 Galleria Internationale, Rome, Italy
1981 Apollo Gallery, Blackrock, Co.Dublin
1980 Peacock Gallery, Dublin
1979 Lycee Malherbe, Caen, France
1978 Galleria Veneziana, Venice, Italy
Guinness Hop Store
The Writer’s Centre, Dublin
First National Building Society
Hibernian Insurance Company
Ryan Hotel Group
Castleroy Hotel, Limerick
National Maritime Museum
Irish Toll Roads
Italian Cultural Institude
8 Mount Upper Street
Office Of Public Works
- Dublin Castle
- Farmleigh House
James Joyce Cultural Centre
Dunlaoghaire Rathdown Council
Dunlaoghaire Harbour Company
and many more Important private
collections both in Ireland and abroad.
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