Bruce Pearson - painter and printmaker An Artist in the Natural World
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As an artist fascinated by wildlife I work as often as the opportunities arise out in the wild where the rhythm and restlessness of wildlife and elemental landscapes - and sometimes people as well - interact and overlap creating powerful images and dramatic themes about the natural world and our relationship to it.   

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

This site sets out to convey a feeling for some of those field experiences and to show a range of creative processes and some of the atmosphere of an artist’s studio.  The site also shows some of the outcomes - pieces of finished work, work in progress, or some of the exhibitions and other events where paintings and prints are shown.

Over a period of almost 40 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’m spending much more time these in the studio - for a while it was at St. Barnabas Press in Cambridge but since early 2016 it has been in a beautiful hideaway in the city where I am able to work through the creative debris accumulated over years travelling to wild places.

All website text and images © Bruce Pearson 2016

(Top) Out painting on Burnham Overy Marsh, North Norfolk  (Middle above) Working at night painting storm petrels arriving at their nest sites, Priest Island, Western Isles  (Middle below) Working in Senegal,  (Bottom) Out and about , Western Isles Northumberland - painting on the shore with Farne Islands beyond.

North Atlantic Odyssey 2016

22nd May – 1st June 2016

I was ‘artist in residence’ and part of the Wildwings team on board MV Ortelius

Sailing from Aberdeen we headed for Fair Isle, a remote jewel of an island that lies half-way between Orkney and Shetland.  Just 5km long and 3 km wide it has impressive cliffs rising to almost 200 metres along the heavily indented west coast.  Fair Isle is owned by the National Trust for Scotland, and its bird observatory is an important ornithological research centre.

Next stop was Jan Mayen -  a volcanic island partly covered by glaciers lying in the Arctic Ocean 600 km northeast of Iceland, 500 km east of central Greenland and 1,000 km west of Norway's North Cape.

Jan Mayen is a breeding home for countless seabirds - northern fulmar, kittiwake, Brünich’s guillemot and little auk.

Then it was northeast to the edge of the summer sea-ice.  Along the way were fin and northern bottle-nosed whales, ivory gulls and huge numbers of fulmars, and walrus hauled out on an ice floe.

Next it was to Svalbard a Norwegian archipelago situated about midway between continental Norway and the North Pole. The largest island is Spitsbergen, followed by Nordaustlandet and Edgeøya.

I sat beneath vast clouds of little auks swirling around the boulder slopes of Fuglesonmgen; watched a polar bear mother and her adolescent cub; crept slowly along a beach towards a pod of walrus; saw sanderling in brilliant breeding plumage; and there was much more as well.

Ivory gulls passed frequently for most of the day and in brilliant sunshine as we ventured further and further into the sea-Ice.

Now to develop some of the ideas in the studio.