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The Harbour and St Ia's Church, St Ives
© the artist's estate / Bridgeman Images. Photo credit: Arts Council Collection, Southbank Centre, London

The Harbour and St Ia's Church, St Ives 1967

Bryan Pearce (1929–2007)

Arts Council Collection, Southbank Centre

Painter who through childhood illness contracted brain damage. He was born in St Ives, Cornwall, where he lived all his life, the town being the subject of many charming depictions in a naïve style. Began painting in 1953, the following year beginning three years’ study at Leonard Fuller’s St Ives School of Painting. Started painting in oil in 1957, the year he joined the Penwith Society, two years later joining the Newlyn Society. In 1959 also he had a solo show at Newlyn Gallery, then showed regularly, including a retrospective at Penwith Gallery, St Ives, in 1966; a series of exhibitions at New Art Centre in 1960s and 1970s; later shows including Stoppenbach & Delestre, 1982; Plymouth Art Centre, 1984; a retrospective at RWA, 1995; others at Royal Cornwall Museum, Truro, 2000–1, and New Works, Beaux Arts, Bath, 2004.

Text source: 'Artists in Britain Since 1945' by David Buckman (Art Dictionaries Ltd, part of Sansom & Company)


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