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

North Atlantic Odyssey 2016

22nd May – 1st June 2016

From Scotland to Spitsbergen via Fair Isle, Jan Mayen and the Greenland pack ice in search of polar bears, Arctic birds and other wildlife

Wildwings have invited me to join the trip as ‘artist in residence’ and help the leaders Dick Filby, Tony Marr and Simon Cook deliver the trip of a lifetime!

The above drawings are from a trip to NE Greenland and Svalbard I made over 20 years ago

Northumberland - painting on the shore with Farne Islands beyond.

New Studio

Since the end of March I’ve been working in a new studio space in central Cambridge.  It took a month or so to move from St. Barnabas Press where I’d been for 5 years.

The opportunity to have more space, and room to place a large format intaglio and relief press, was just too good not to take advantage of.