Rod Pearce, a true Londoner, graduated from Chelsea Art School in 1964 and worked as an illustrator before becoming a professional artist in 1989. His works focus primarily on the combination of unique historical architecture and the landscapes the city of London provides, with Rod frequently including the meandering Thames River as his backdrop. He takes a great deal of inspiration for his work from his local surroundings and his immense knowledge of London. Whether he is painting Richmond or Hammersmith Bridge crossing the Thames, low tide in Putney, or St. Mary-le-Bow in Cheapside, for Rod, each work provides the viewer an opportunity to share a moment of discovery.
Rod says, “In my view, the art of painting can enable the viewer to enhance appreciation for the beauty and character of the world we live in by the way the paint is handled and the use of colour, tone and depiction of atmosphere and light. This can be an enriching experience for the viewer and paintings that are lived with can grow on one in a way that deepens that appreciation.” (www.minstergallery.com)
Painting in either oil or watercolour, Rod has gained a reputation as a distinguished artist in the London art community and continues to be featured by a number of prominent galleries. In 2003, Rod was commissioned by Cunard to produce three large works for the Queen Mary 2.
Recent exhibitions include:
Plein Air and Interieurs, The Minster Gallery, Winchester, October 12 – November 12, 2012
Island Fine Arts, Bembridge, Isle of Wight, September 8 – October 13, 2012
Venice and London, Russell Gallery, Putney, London, September 23 – October 9, 2010
The City – Views of London, Riverside Gallery, Barnes, London
Summer Mixed Show, Riverside Gallery, August 13 – October 5, 2009