Bryan Pearce St Ives Viewed from the Artist’s Window
Bryan Pearce (1929-2006).
St Ives Viewed from the Artist’s Window (1973)
Oil on board in original artist’s frame.
Signed, titled and dated to reverse.
56 x 71 cm
Regarded as one of the UK’s leading naive artists, Pearce was born in St Ives where he lived the whole of his life. A sufferer of phenylketonuria, which affects the normal development of the brain, he attended a special school. His mother – an artist – encouraged his drawing and painting skills, attending the St Ives School of Painting from 1953-1957.
He specialised in paintings of his home town, producing only twelve large-scale oil paintings like this each year. His trademark flat style is with heavy outlines around brightly coloured areas. His placing of his signature on the painting is always a part of the composition, filling an otherwise blank space.
In this work he paints the view from his flat in St Ives over Piazza Courtyard. He depicts the narrow front garden, his distinctively painted trees, flowers and plants a wall and the buildings opposite.
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