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.