Michael Pearce is a British figurative painter who lives in Ventura County, California. He is internationally known for his leadership of The Representational Art Conference (TRAC) series and his huge figurative “Secret Paintings,” which toured the United States in 2017 – 2018.
While Pearce’s paintings are romantic contemporary escapes from the hard edges of daily life on the surface, celebrating colorful flowers and beautiful people, there’s a mythic depth to them that reveals the artist feeling his way out of deconstruction by drawing upon archetypes and allegories from the West’s deep past, from centuries-old emblem books and alchemical symbolism. Pearce digs for conceptual themes in the paintings that capture his audience by encouraging their individual imaginative interpretation of the events he has painted. There’s meaning here – a reconstruction of ideas bigger than ourselves – that makes these paintings feel greater than their already large size.
Pearce teaches painting and drawing at California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks. He is author of Art in the Age of Emergence, a remarkable book about the aesthetics of representational art in the emerging present age, and is currently writing a book titled Art and Power about the development of the avant-garde as the tool of the Roosevelt government in the 1930s and 1940s. He has published articles in Artists on Art, Combustus, and The Postmodern Times. He has a doctoral degree from Plymouth University, a Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Southern California, and a Bachelor of Arts degree (Hons) from Dartington College of Arts.
Michael Pearce – Chariot (Oil on Canvas, four pieces 60″ x 92″)