Justin Pearson work are an exciting collection of dramatic, expressive oil paintings.
One of his exhibitions was at Gallery Bodalla from January 7 to February 14, 2021.
Inspired by classical mythology, Justin's landscapes, figurative paintings are full of movement and beauty. As a studio painter, Justin celebrates the themes and narratives of mythology, love, loss, yearning and power, in thick rich oil paint, which dances and swirls on its canvas or board.
“He produces fantastical images celebrating feelings that are all too human in nature, all brought together with the most beautiful use of colour,” Gallery Bodalla director Valerie Faber said.
“I am drawn to the timeless, universal themes and metaphors that comment on society, politics, power and love. These paintings depict a range of mysterious landscapes, embracing figures of moral ambiguity, whilst others are celebrations of heroic strength and uprisings,” Justin said.
Born in Christchurch, Justin left New Zealand and made his way to London in 1981, where he completed his Bachelor of Fine Arts at Byam Shaw School of Art (Central Saint Martin’s College of Art and Design).
He is represented in private and corporate collections in New Zealand, Australia and the UK and has won several awards including the Southern Highlands Portrait Prize, 2013, the Fettlers Heritage Art Prize 2011 and the Heysen Prize in 2007, the Adams portrait prize NZ 2008 - 2014, the John Copes portrait prize 2014 He has also been a finalist in the Adams portrait prize NZ 2008 - 2014 Wellington New Zealand, the Fishers Ghost Award NSW, and a semi-finalist in the 2014 Doug Moran Portrait Prize with a portrait of the artist Euan Macleod, the Lester Prize in Portraiture 2020 . www.gallerybodalla.com.au
Major Exhibitions 2021 Gallery Bodalla, solo show, Bodalla, NSW 2020 Milk Factory Gallery, solo show, Bowral NSW 2020 Milk Factory Gallery, solo show cancelled due to virus 2020 Gallery Bodalla, solo show cancelled due to virus 2019 Gallery Bodalla, solo show cancelled due to NSW Fire 2017 Gallery Bodalla, solo show, Bodalla, NSW 2016 Southern Highlands Art Festival, solo show, Hillview Sutton Forest, NSW 2016 Sturt Gallery, Group show, Mittagong, NSW 2014 Gallery Bodalla, solo show, Bodalla, NSW 2014 Maunsell Wicks Galleries, Paddington, Sydney 2013 DBAS Gallery, Solo show, Bowral, Southern Highlands NSW 2013 Maunsell Wicks & Michael Yabsley, Artists Group Show, Wombat Hollow East Kangaloon, Southern Highlands 2012 Maunsell Wicks Galleries, Huntington Estate Winery, Mudgee 2012 Maunsell Wicks Galleries, Paddington, Sydney 2011 Sohi Art Gallery, Group Show, Bowral, Southern Highlands 2011 Sohi Art Show, Truths and Roses, Peppers Craigieburn Resort, Southern Highlands 2010 Light Horse Gallery, New South Wales
What critics say about Justin;
"We love all Justin's playful scenes of daily life, greek mythology and beautifully executed portraits."