BRYAN PEARCE (1929 - 2003)Cornwall, England
Painter who through childhood illness contracted brain damage. He was born in St Ives, Cornwall where he lived all his life, the town being the subject of many of his charming depictions in a naïve style. Bryan began painting in 1953, the following year beginning three years study at Leonard Fuller’s St Ives School of painting. He started painting in oil in 1957, the year he joined the Penwith Society and then two years later joining the Newlyn society. He also had a series of exhibitions at New Arts Centre in 1960s and 1970s; later shows including Stoppenbach & Delestre, 1982; Plymouth Art Centre, 1984;a retrospective at RWA, 1995; Royal Cornwall Museum, Truro, 2000-1; Beaux Arts, Bath, 2004. Archeus gave Pearce a retrospective in 2005. The Arts Council also holds his work.