Dave Pearson (1937 – 2008) was an artist who created an extraordinarily varied and rich body of artwork – mainly paintings, drawings and prints. The writer and critic Edward Lucie-Smith commented on Pearson’s ability to ‘join the personal to the universal’. His phenomenal commitment to his work meant that he has left in excess of 15,000 pieces of artwork, all of which are closely released for public view by The Dave Pearson Trust. The Dave Pearson Trust works closely with According to McGee, bringing to art lovers and collectors the opportunity to view Pearson’s work in York’s city centre white cube.
Studied painting at St Martins and the Royal Academy Schools 1955-1960
Exhibitions and Work
1959 Young Contemporaries exhibition, London
1961 New Art Centre, two-person show. Astronauts: oil paintings
1962 Started to work in a variety of media: assemblages, photomontage, drawing and painting, mixed media, attempts at kinetic work
1966 Started to work on transcriptions of Van Gogh’s paintings, making large-scale structures in wood, cardboard and papier-mâché
1972 One person show in Bluecoat and Liverpool Academy Galleries
1973 Serpentine Gallery, Serpentine Graphics 73, September 8-30th London: prints and sculptures on Van Gogh theme: Daubigny’s Garden, the Potato Eaters
Ikon Gallery, Birmingham: prints from the Serpentine show
Made the 273 paintings and drawings that make up the Revelations series, based on the Book of Revelation
1973 Serpentine exhibition of prints toured Sweden
Chester Arts Centre, one-person show on Van Gogh theme: structures, paintings and prints
Bluecoat Gallery, Liverpool, mixed show. The Asylum: pastels
Holden Gallery, Manchester: one-person show of the first work on English Calendar Customs: series of large pastels
1974 Hayward Gallery, London: British Painting, mixed show. The Asylum: two large relief structures. Continued working on English Calendar Customs series: pastels, prints, relief paintings and drawings
1975 Bede Gallery, Jarrow: Palmers Yard: Giant Cranes and the Building Berth constructed in wood from studies made from photos, with Bob Frith, on the roof of the gallery
1977 Collaborated with Bob Frith on structures for the theatre company, Welfare State International, in Burnley
1981 Bede Gallery, Jarrow. One-person show, English Calendar Customs: collage, cardboard, oils, large pastels
1983 Bede Gallery, Jarrow. One-person show, In The Seven Woods. A celebration of the Abbots Bromley Horn Dance: relief paintings, prints, drawings.
Began to develop more autobiographical paintings in oils
1986 Bede Gallery, Jarrow: large painting to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Jarrow March
1988 Haslingden Library, one person show. Autobiographical paintings and Jarrow March
1989 Senate House Exhibition Hall, Liverpool University, one-person show: Dave Pearson, Paintings and Drawings. 15th May-2nd June. Oil paintings on autobiographical themes
Started to work on Sailing To Byzantium series
1990 Bede Gallery, Jarrow: Vincent. 16th September – 26th October. Mixed show to celebrate centenary of Van Gogh’s death. Large structure of Bridge at Arles erected with Don MacKinlay and Mel Chantrey on the roof of the gallery. Also showed a series of drawings based on each of Van Gogh’s self portraits.
1991 Holden Gallery, Manchester, one-person show. Sailing To Byzantium: oil paintings, gouache studies and drawings.
Prizewinner, Manchester Academy
The Byzantium paintings are site related and were adapted and added to for the four galleries.
1992 Smith Gallery, Brighouse, one-person show, Byzantium: 22nd May-4th July. Large oil paintings and gouache studies
1994 Turnpike Gallery, Leigh, one-person show, Byzantium: 10th September – 15th October. Large multi-sectional shaped paintings; gouache studies
Art Academy, Warsaw: mixed show
1996 Bede Gallery, Jarrow, one-person show, Byzantium. 4th July – 14th August. Large oil paintings covered the ceilings as well as the walls, to extend the space.
1997 Holden Gallery, Manchester, one-person show: Byzantium and Jerusalem Part One. 28th April-23rd May. Oil paintings and drawings developing the themes established in 1989
Commission for Blackburn Health Authority to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the NHS. The Phoenix chosen.
1998 Working on interpretation of medieval bestiaries
Globe Arts exhibition, one-person show (October), The Beauty of the Beast: large and small oil paintings
Globe Arts exhibition, one-person show (November): The Hyena
Globe Arts exhibition, mixed show (December): The Green Man
1999 Workshops for Rossfest, Rossendale arts festival (May)
Globe Arts exhibition, mixed show for Rossfest: The Search for the Blue Wolf, one of a series of paintings developing the Bestiary theme
Byzantium paintings shown in Czech Republic (October to November)
1999-2000 Co-ordinator for Globe Arts’ Year of the Artist projects in Rawtenstall Market: series of changing installations over the year
2000-2002 Work on the theme of Ulysses (James Joyce) and The Odyssey (Homer), culminating in an audiovisual presentation in Tenerife
2000 Visit to Orkney
2001 Exhibition in Liverpool of paintings on Orkney theme
Horse and Bamboo Centre, Waterfoot, Rossendale: The Wicked Who Would Do Me Harm, August – September, an audio visual installation on the theme of saving Lee Bank from property developers
2002 Organised Drawing exhibition, Righton Gallery, Manchester Metropolitan University, mixed show
2002 to 2008, work on Encyclopedia, a mixture of quotations on many themes in different media: painting, drawing, photography, collage.
2003 Illness, work based on an operation at Burnley General Hospital
2004 The Big Draw, drawing installation in Rawtenstall town centre based on war memorials in Rossendale.Visit to Normandy to see D-Day landing sites
2005 Hospital series: painting, drawing, photography, collage
Started work on The Milky Way, a personal pilgrimage based on the film by Luis Bunuel
Died 18th July 2008
Obituary The Guardian Tuesday 4th November 2008
Film ‘To Byzantium’ released October 201; dir. Derek Smith
2009 See Gallery, Crawshawbooth: Dedicated to the Life of the Imagination, one-person show, 26th February to 3rd April 2010 See Gallery, Crawshawbooth: Unseen Work, one-person show, 13th to 11th April
See Gallery, Crawshawbooth: Into the Light, one-person show, 23rd October – 28th November
2011 House of the Nobleman, Regents Park, London: The Return, mixed show 14th – 23rd October
2012 Bermondsey Project Space, London: Byzantium and Beyond, one-person show, 31st August – 21st September
‘Byzantium and Beyond’ catalogue published, with essay by Edward Lucie-Smith, David MacLagan, Margaret Mytton
See Gallery, Crawshawbooth: Works on Paper, one-person show, 21st September – 6th October