John Pearson is an established Australian artist. He interprets the Australian landscape, capturing its subtleties of colour and light using a spontaneous technique in oils. John also explores urban scenes and the place of the human figure. His works capture a soft mood and feeling of contemplation.
He completed a BA Fine Arts degree in 1974 and an MBA in 1988. John worked as an art teacher, advertising illustrator and marketing manager before opening two galleries and a framing business in Perth which he and his family ran for fifteen years. Today he is based on the Sunshine Coast where he paints after a daily ocean swim and body-surf.
“I have two key objectives with my work. Firstly to capture and explore the essence and subtleties of light; the way light defines both the way we see and respond to the world around us. Secondly, I endevour to create a ‘painting’, not merely produce a scene. I am not trying to reproduce a slice of landscape but rather, to create an artwork that is a piece of reality itself.
The painting is constructed with paint and it is that paint which becomes the reality. The landscapes that I paint draw inspiration from the starting point. The end point is a painting that is its own reality. To an extent it is similar to what the French Impressionists did. In fact one painting by Manet (Portrait of Emile Zola) was criticised by an art critic because, ‘….the man’s trousers look as if they are made of paint’.”