Bryan Pearce (1929-2007)
Born in the famous artist’s haven of St Ives, Bryan Pearce was encouraged to paint by his artist mother and he attended the St Ives School of Painting from 1953-7. In 1957 Pearce began painting in oils and started to exhibit regularly at the Penwith Gallery in St Ives. He became an Associate of the Penwith Society of Arts in Cornwall, and later a full member, having been sponsored by the sculptor Denis Mitchell. He is also a member of the Newlyn Society of Artists. He had his first solo show in 1959 at the Newlyn Gallery and has since exhibited throughout the country. One of the country’s foremost naive painters, Pearce was well know for portraying the local St Ives landscape and still-life compositions in oil, conte, pen and ink, and pencil.
In the early 1970s Pearce began to make small etchings with the assistance of fellow artists Breon O’Casey and Bryan Ingham, and later Roy Walker. He was not a ‘prolific’ artist, perhaps making a dozen paintings a year. His works are now highly sought after.