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Welcome - to a site where I aim to convey a feeling for some of the studio processes and field experiences of an artist who takes wildlife and landscape as his main starting points.

Fascinated by wildlife and habitats I work as often as the opportunities arise out in the wild looking for the rhythm and restlessness among wildlife subjects and in elemental landscapes. 

Sometimes the focus includes people when they interact and overlap with species and habitats creating powerful images and dramatic themes about the natural world and our relationship to it.

 

 

 Also on this site are some of the creative outcomes - pieces of finished work, work in progress, or exhibitions and other events where my paintings and prints are shown.

The starting point for me is the field experience as pure observation is the raw material from which everything else extends.  It might be a few small sketches or a larger more considered drawing; or it might be a more ambitious painting which one hopes distils something of a day’s experience. A work straight from the field can sometimes be framed and exhibited as it is.  What is left is taken back to the studio to be viewed in a new light and the snatched ideas worked through in different mediums - relief or intaglio printing, monoprinting or oil painting.

 

 

Over a period 45 years working as an artist I have travelled widely in search of subjects from the Arctic and Antarctica, to Africa, much of Europe, and the Americas.   However, these days I spend a lot of time in my studio working through the creative debris accumulated over years travelling to wild places.  It is exciting trying to make something new out of old ideas.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

All text & images  © Bruce Pearson 2019

Southern Ocean. (Drypoint and carborundum, 50cm x 60cm)Southern Ocean. (Drypoint and carborundum, 50cm x 60cm)

Planning the imagePlanning the imageIn the Studio - summer 2019

For the past few months I've been mainly studio based preparing work for the Pinkfoot Gallery in Norfolk and the annual SWLA exhibition at the Mall Galleries in London. 

But I've also been working on ideas using intaglio printmaking methods, one of which has been a drypoint and carborundum print of icebergs and fin whales in the Southern Ocean (picture above).

Firstly, I drafted the basic idea referring to a range of field drawings and colour sketches.  Then, taking the first of three identically sized 1mm polycarbonate plastic sheets, I started painting a water-soluble tusche to mask areas that I didn't want to form part of the image.

When the tusche was dry I prepared a runny paste of solvent cement (thinned with acetone)  whiting powder and fine carborundum powder  painting the mix  across the plate using a range of brush marks and varying the thickness, (the paste dries extremely quickly - almost on contact). 

 

Painting the tusche liquid onto the polycarbonate plate with the original draft drawing alongside as a guide.Painting the tusche liquid onto the polycarbonate plate with the original draft drawing alongside as a guide.

The three plates - the first a soft yellow ochre, the second a deep turquoise blue, and the third a warm grey ultramarine.The three plates - the first a soft yellow ochre, the second a deep turquoise blue, and the third a warm grey ultramarine.

The tusche could then be washed off by placing the plate in a tray of very hot water leaving only the hardened carborundum marks on the surface.  Additional marks could then be made with a sharp needle and areas roughened with sandpaper or emery boards - anything to create a line or a surface texture that would hold ink.

 

The other two plates were then worked in a similar way using the first as a template visible beneath, but with each the paste coverage and placement reflected where the second, and final third colour, would lie.  The three plates were then inked with different colours and printed one on top of the other onto dampened paper (Fabriano 285gsm Rosapina printmaking paper).  

   


Natural Eye Exhibition

Mall Galleries, The Mall, London SW1

 24 October 2019 to 3 November 2019

10am to 5pm (closes at 1pm on final day). Admission £4, £3 concessions, Free to Friends of Mall Galleries, SWLA Friends and those under 25 years of age

 

The Natural Eye, the annual exhibition of the Society of Wildlife Artists showcases the very best of fine art inspired by the natural world. The exhibition is renowned for displaying a wide-ranging collection of exciting and thought-provoking work including sculpture, printmaking, painting, and the  the Out of the Frame room celebrates the tradition of working from life and will show a selection of field sketches and project work from member artists.

   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 'Bears on the sea-ice' (oil on canvas 61cm x 92cm).  One of the five works submitted to the Natural Eye exhibition.'Bears on the sea-ice' (oil on canvas 61cm x 92cm). One of the five works submitted to the Natural Eye exhibition.

 


The Falkland Islands, South Georgia & Antarctic Peninsula

Dec 31 - Jan 17th 2020

 

I'm on board again with One Ocean Expeditions this coming Antarctic season as Artist in Residence sailing on their new ship RCGS Resolute.  See more about the trip

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Are you someone with an interest in sketching and who takes a small sketch pad on holiday, or who goes to an evening art class, or perhaps somebody who has always wanted to have a go at painting or drawing?  Then why not join this adventure and let your own creative spirit really fly?   

Surrounded by inspirational seascapes, and landscapes ashore where wildlife subjects are everywhere and up close, there will be opportunities galore.  Rather than fussing around honing techniques more important will be each individual's personal artistic journey that allows for the possibility of capturing something very personal about your journey south, with somebody on hand to encourage and support you.

For more information, or if you have any queries, then get in touch through the Contact page.