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  Now approaching the age of seventy-five, this is an excellent opportunity to celebrate Bryan’s half-century, and how better to do so than by commissioning a new survey of his work by the eminent writer Mel Gooding; by showing, through reproducing Bryan’s most recent work, that he is painting as energetically as ever, and for the first time recording with affection the life and work of twenty-six artists who have supported him and his mother Mary through a fascinating chapter in the history of the town. Some of the artists featured in the following pages will be well known; others less so, while many are still working and continue to play a role in Bryan ’s artistic life.

There is also a special box set containing the catalogue ‘Bryan Pearce and his Artist Friends’ and lithograph – SHISHA, 2003 – which is published in an edition of seventy to coincide with the exhibitions held at Victoria Art Gallery and Beaux Arts, Bath and Lemon Street Gallery, Truro, March–June 2004. The lithograph has been made by Bryan Pearce assisted by Nelson and Rose Rands in St Ives, with platemaking and printing by Curwen Press, Cambridge. Each print, measuring 200 x 200mm is signed and dated by the artist in an edition of 100 plus 20 artist’s proofs on 300gms Somerset velvet white paper. The card, which has been produced with acid-free board kindly donated by GF Smith of Hull, will protect the lithograph when stored in its box. The box and catalogue are printed on Hello Silk, made with fibre from sawmill residues, forest thinnings and sustainable Austrian forests. Pulps used in the production are totally chlorine free and the stock is fully recyclable and bio-degradable.

Published in 2004 by Janet Axten, St Ives

Book £10.00 UK Sterling (plus postage and packing)
Special box set £120.00 UK Sterling (plus postage and packing)


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Bryan Pearce, the Artist and His Work by Janet Axten

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Bryan Pearce The Artist and His Work is a tribute to Bryan Pearce's life and artistic career. Published in 2000, this is the most comprehensive publication on the artist to date. More than 120 illustrations in full colour show the diverse range of his work and the wide subject matter – the tentative watercolours of the early 1950s, through the unique self-assured oil paintings (including his distinctive 'all-round' studies of the harbours of west Cornwall) to the extraordinarily sophisticated designs and dramatic colours of his most recent conte drawings.

With an introduction by Professor Charles Thomas, the book contains new essays from William Cooper, William Leah and Janet Axten, with a study of the artist's working techniques by Rose Rands. Earlier writings on the artist by Alan Bowness, Peter Lanyon, H.S. (Jim) Ede and William Leach are reproduced, along with an extensive and revealing interview given by the artist's mother in 1973.

There is a catalogue raisonne of Bryan Pearce's oil paintings, with complete biographical details and an extensive bibliography.

29.95 UK Sterling (plus postage and packing)

All copies are signed by Bryan Pearce and Janet Axten

144 pages, 260 x 280mm, hardback, 29.95 UK Sterling

Published in 2000 by Sansom & Company, Bristol


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Bryan Pearce, the Artist and His Work - spread

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  The 'Miracle of Bryan Pearce' tells the remarkable story of the artist’s
life, much of it through the words of Bryan’s mother Mary, who was
interviewed at length by the author C J Stevens during the American writer’s
visit to St Ives during the winter of 1967-1968, and then through their
subsequent correspondence. Consisting of 102 pages, and with many family
photographs and reproductions of paintings, this is an important and
affectionate addition to the written record of Bryan Pearce’s extraordinary

112 pages

22 black and white illustrations and 12 in colour
235 x 160 mm


£10 sterling (plus postage and packing)

Published by John Wade, Phillips, Maine, USA


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St Ives All Round: The Paintings of Bryan Pearce
Tate St Ives, 2007 (exhibition catalogue)

The Primitive Art of Bryan Pearce
George T Noszlopy
Taurus Artists, 1964

The Path of the Son
Ruth Jones
Sheviock Gallery Publications, 1976, new edition 1993

Bryan Pearce – A Private View
Marion Whybrow
St Ives Printing & Publishing, 1985

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Twentieth Century British Naive and Primitive Painters
Eric Lister and Sheldon Williams
Astragel Books, London, 1977

Painting the Warmth of the Sun – St Ives Artists 1939-1975
Tom Cross and Alison Hodge
Lutterworth Press, 1984

Twenty Painters – St Ives
Marion Whybrow
Dyllanson Truran Cornish Publications, 1984

St Ives 1939-64 – Twenty Five Years of Painting, Sculpture and Pottery
The Tate Gallery, 1985

A World of Their Own – Twentieth Century British Naive Painters
Jill and Martin Leman
Pelham Books, 1985

20th Century Painters and Sculptors
Frances Spalding
Antique Collectors' Club, 1990

Handbook of Modern British Painting 1900-1980
Edited by Alan Windsor
Scolar Press, 1992

Chronicles of Courage – Very Special Artists
Jean Kennedy Smith and George Plimpton
Random House, New York, 1993

Studio Artists in Their Workplace – St Ives
Marion Whybrow
Marion Whybrow Publication, 1994

St Ives 1883-1993 – Portrait of an Art Colony
Marion Whybrow
Antique Collectors' Club, 1994

The Dictionary of Artists in Britain Since 1945
David Buckman
Art Dictionaries Limited, Bristol, 1998

The Innocent Eye – Primitive and Naive Painters in Cornwall –
Alfred Wallis, Bryan Pearce, Mary Jewels and others
Marion Whybrow
Sansom & Company, 1999

Catching the Wave Art and Artists in Contemporary Cornwall
Tom Cross
Halsgrove, 2002

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Keith Colquhoun, for St Martin's Gallery, London
March-April 1962

Peter Lanyon, for St Martin's Gallery, London
May 1964

Alan Bowness, for New Art Centre, London
January 1966

Cecil Collins, for Bene't Gallery, Cambridge
April-May 1966

Alan Bowness, for Museum of Modern Art, Oxford
November-December 1975

Mary Pearce, for Newlyn Orion Gallery
July 1977

Alan Bowness, for Victor Waddington Gallery, London
June-July 1978

Jim Ede, for Falmouth Art Gallery, Falmouth
July-August 1982

Heinz Ohff, for Falmouth Art Gallery, Falmouth
July-August 1982

Charles Thomas, for Bryan Pearce: the Artist and his Work

Mel Gooding, for Bryan Pearce and his Artist Friends

Sarah Hughes, Susan Daniel-McElroy, Janet Axten and Mel Gooding,
for Tate St Ives
February - May 2007 copyright Bryan Pearce 2002

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