John G Pearson

Artwork on display at Gallery Beneath

Selected Artwork Previously Sold at Gallery Beneath

On arriving in Perth from South Africa in1986 John was struck by the intense colour and light of Australia. This inspired him to work on a series of extremely realistic beach scenes and the Australian landscape, capturing the subtleties of colour and light using an increasingly spontaneous technique using oil and acrylic.

 His works are naturalistic in essence but are becoming more impressionistic. “My key objective is to paint a ‘painting’, not merely reproduce a scene. I am not endeavouring 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 that becomes the reality.  The landscapes I draw my inspiration from are 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 criticized by an art critic because, “….the man’s trousers look as if they are made of paint”.
His paintings of the landscape capture a quietness and sense of contemplation.
  Education – Professional Background

Completed BA Fine Arts (Hons) 1974 – University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg
Completed Dip Ed. 1975 – University of the Witwatersrand
Art teacher in secondary schools for 6 years
Worked as an artist in the advertising industry for 2 years
Completed MBA 1987 – University of Western Australia
Worked as Marketing Manager for 12 years
Owned two galleries and framing business in Perth for fifteen years
Paints full time in Queensland


Joint Exhibitions
2012     St Marks College – Guest artist
2011     Picasso Art, Carine
2009     St Marks College – Guest artist
2009     Studio 281, Maylands
2010     Picasso Art, Carine
2007     Picasso Art, Carine
2004     Picasso Art, Sorrento – 3 person show
2004     Gallery 360, Joondalup
1984     Crake Gallery, Norwood Johannesburg
1982     Crake Gallery, Norwood Johannesburg

Solo Exhibitions
2010    Picasso Art, Carine
2009    Gallery 360 – Guest artist
1997    International Gallery, Claremont
1986    Raines Galleries, Rosebank Johannesburg,

              The Finishing Touch, Fremantle
              Picasso Art + Framers, Sorrento , Carine
              Cool Art, Coolum Beach
              Gallery Beneath - Mooloolaba


Corporate:     Daiko Corp, Tokyo. Community Newspapers WA
Private:          South Africa, Australia, Dubai, Japan, United Kingdom


Morawa Art Show                       2006             First Prize
Kalgoorlie Art Prize                    2008              Best Oil
Mukinbudin Spring Festival        2009              First Prize
Northam Art Prize                      2010              Highly Commended
Cystic Fibrosis Rose Show        2010              First Prize
Kalgoorlie Art Prize                    2010              Best Oil
Kalgoorlie Art Prize                    2011              Highly Commended
Pinjarra Art Prize                        2012              Highly Commended
Morawa Art Show                       2012              Highly Commended
Pinjarra Art Show                       2013               First Prize – Oil and Acrylic
Kenilworth Art Prize                    2013               Finalist