Tuesday, 30 April 2019

Dave Pearson's self-portraits

The critic Edward Lucie-Smith wrote in one of his essays about Dave Pearson's work -

"(his)...own series of self-images exceeds both Van Gogh and Rembrandt in terms of number. They show a huge range of stylistic flexibility, with each change of style reflecting a change of mood."

When the Dave Pearson Trust existed it took the decision to limit the number of self-portraits sold, in part because the family were uncertain as to which they were prepared to sell. More recently we've held a small exhibition of self-portraits at the Studio, and not surprisingly there is growing interest among collectors in these pieces.

There are over 120 self-portraits in the catalogue of Dave's work, and it would be interesting to look more closely at these and see what are the main stylistic variations. Then to see how they reflect and portray the mood of the artist, as suggested by Lucie-Smith.  

Saturday, 13 April 2019

Easter 2019 Open Days

We had a very enjoyable opening of the studio on Friday evening and Saturday afternoon. Just about all our visitors stayed for longer than an hour, and it was good to talk about Dave Pearson's work with other local artists, a handful of ladies from Apna (who share our building), and various friends - some of whom had travelled to Haslingden from Shropshire. 

We made a few sales on Saturday and also met with Sara Riccardi, an Italian art historian who has recently moved to Rawtenstall and has already made an impact by starting a series of talks on women artists. Sara runs Artcross (www.artcross.co.uk):

We also took ownership of a stunning triptych which had been in private hands. It's unusual in being of a size which makes it possible to hang in a domestic setting. Most of Dave's triptychs are too large for other than gallery walls. Please contact us if you want to view: