Alan Pearson - Painter
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Biography
Biography
1950 - 1959
1929 Born England
1941 Pearson family moves to Middlesborough. Attends Ayresome North Elementary School.
1942 Leaves school to work on the Railways as cleaner, locomotive fireman.
1947-48 National service in Airforce.
1949 Returns to work on the Railways.
1951 Emigrates to Australia (Tasmania) on the 'Ten Pound Scheme' as a steam locomotive fireman.
1952-53 Works on the Snowy Mountain Scheme as a bulldozer driver and barman.
1953 Returns to England for 3 months, travels to Canada and works in Toronto and Edmonton.
1953-54 Returns to Australia on the Orion steamship. Works as a seaman on Australian coastal interstate liners. Visits New Zealand on the M.V. Wanganella.
1954 November, arrives in New Zealand, works on shipping vessels
1956 Attends classes at Wellington Technical College, Wellington for Fine Arts preliminary examinations.
1957 Moves to Christchurch, attends University of Canterbury School of Fine Arts.
1958 Lives at 22 Armagh St. Rosa Sawtell Prize for life drawing.
1959 Awarded Bickerton-Widdowson Scholarship. Graduates with a Diploma in Fine Arts.
1960 - 1969
1960 Attends Auckland Teacher Training College. Marries Coral Holster. Son Alan born.
1961 Returns to Christchurch, completes a Diploma in Fine Arts with Honours (First Class) at the University of Canterbury.
1962 Begins teaching full-time at Cashmere High School, Christchurch. Lives at Sumner. Invited to exhibit with "The Group".
1963 Son Justin born.
1964 Awarded Queen Elizabeth II Arts Council Scholarship to study at the Royal Academy Schools, London, 1965-66
1966 Returns to New Zealand over land through Europe, Afghanistan, India and Asia.
1967 Living in Parnell, Auckland working as a designer for Television AKTV2.
1969 First solo exhibition held at Vulcan Gallery. House at Parnell destroyed by fire. Resigns from television and moves to Christchurch.
1970 - 1979
1970 Part-time teaching at Kingsley Girls' School
1971 First solo exhibition in Canterbury at the CSA (Canterbury Society of Arts).
1972 Moves to live at 15 Selwyn Road, Lyttelton. Marriage with Coral ends. Begins relationship with Deirdre Tupper.
1976 Meets Alison Foley. Awarded Queen Elizabeth II Arts Council of NZ travelling grant. Four month tour to USA, France, Spain, Italy, Germany and the UK. Moves to Auckland with Alison and children.
1977 Living at Northcote. Begins painting works inspired by the Huia forests, Waitakere.
1978 Awarded National Bank Portrait Prize for "Herne Bay Couple".
1979 Awarded National Bank Portrait Prize for the "Portrait of Mrs Oliver".
1980 - 1989
1980 Travels to Italy, town of Matera, Basilicata.
1981 Moves to Middlesbrough, England then to London. Marries Alison. Painting in Tuscany.
1982-85 London; visits to Italy, France.
1985 Returns to New Zealand in June. Tutors life classes in Christchurch. Daughter Eleanor (Nellie) born.
1986-87 Artist in residence at Otago Polytechnic and Dunedin Public Art Gallery. Tutors life drawing.
1987 Returns to Christchurch. Studio at the Christchurch Arts Centre.
1988 August-September travels to Italy, Germany, UK.
1990 - 1999
1991 Biography "Alan Pearson: his life and art" by Denys Trussell published by Hazard Press, Christchurch. Television NZ documentary (Howard Taylor, director). Radio NZ Spectrum programme interview with Deborah Nation.
1992 April - painting at Lightning Ridge, NSW, Australia. June-July travels to France, Italy, USA, England, Germany. Moves to Oxford St. Lyttelton.
1993 Visits West Coast, South island, NZ. May-June Artist in residence at Tai Poutini Polytechnic, Greymouth. Guest artist at Nelson Polytechnic. Television NZ documentary, director Virginia Wright.
1995 Painting at Whitecliffs, NSW, Australia.
1996 Moves studio to old Lyttelton Borough Council Chambers. Exhibits in Sydney, Australia.
1997 Visits England, Netherlands, Czechoslovakia, Germany, Austria.
1998 Diagnosed with heart condition, undergoes surgery.
1999 July travels to Australia. Retrospective exhibition "Heaven and blood:painting and drawing" by Alan Pearson 1959-1999, Robert McDougall Art Gallery, Christchurch, August-October.
2000 - 2009
2000 Studios in Lyttelton and Tewantin, Queensland.
2001 Solo exhibition Noosa Regional Gallery, Queensland. Visits England, "Mathera Mostra" exhibition at Enrico Filipucci Gallery, Matera, Italy. Builds new studio at Weyba Downs, Queensland.
2003 S.H.Erwin Gallery Sydney,Salon des Refuses (self portrait in my tin shed). Begins Bush Symphony series, Weyba Downs.
2004 Exhibits at Ardor Gallery, Auckland, group show. "Here I am" solo show at Addison Road Gallery, Sydney.Travels to England, Germany.
2005 "Recent Australian paintings" solo show at Arthouse, Christchurch. West Coast paintings solo show, Artigiano, Auckland. Grandchild Oliver born London.
2006 Finalist Doug Moran Portrait Exhibition, Sydney. "Saving the Classical Spirit" solo show Artigiano Gallery, Auckland. Travels to England, Spain, Germany.
2007 "Looking eastward to the sea" solo show Sanderson Gallery (formerly Artigiano), Auckland. Grandchild Grace born London.
2008 Talks on portraiture at Auckland Art Gallery, New Gallery, February, during "Likeness and Character", portrait exhibition. "Within, within..." solo show City Art Rooms, Auckland; "Metaphors" solo show Sanderson gallery.
 © Alan Pearson 2009