Artists

Mystery and Reason: A Retrospective

Mystery and Reason: A Retrospective

18/05/2021 to 14/06/2021

Mercurial in nature, Alan Pearson had an ability to switch from expressionist representation to abstraction while revealing the underlying spirit and psyche in a person or place. When discovering a new location and needing to understand and establish the resident form, colour and light, he would use the old academic methods; landscape, still life, life drawing and portraiture. That method formed the basis of any artistic narrative he subsequently chose to articulate. The diversity in imagery in this exhibition is offset by unifying colours and his expression of what it means to give life meaning.

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Reflections on Being

Reflections on Being

29/01/2019 to 17/02/2019

For over sixty years British-born Alan Pearson has been one of the outstanding proponents of pure painting in New Zealand art. His work, densely complex, restlessly explorative, remains true to the ethos of Neo-Expressionism, alive with gesture, emotion and insight, rarely rivalled for technical mastery.

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Tidal Ballets

Tidal Ballets

23/01/2018 to 18/02/2018

For over sixty years British-born Alan Pearson has been one of the outstanding proponents of pure painting in New Zealand art. His work, densely complex, restlessly explorative, remains true to the ethos of Neo-Expressionism, alive with gesture, emotion and insight, rarely rivalled for technical mastery.

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The Waiting Game

The Waiting Game

8/11/2016 to 20/11/2016

These images were drawn over a period of several years and are not representational drawings but portraits or translations of models posing, waiting in time. Dismissing the realism of a purposefully designed scene Alan creates an atmosphere where the space the models occupy belongs to a metaphysical world.

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Ode to Time - Recent Paintings

Ode to Time - Recent Paintings

23/02/2016 to 13/03/2016

For over sixty years British-born Alan Pearson has been one of the outstanding proponents of pure painting in New Zealand art. His work, densely complex, restlessly explorative, remains true to the ethos of Neo-Expressionism, alive with gesture, emotion and insight, rarely rivalled for technical mastery.

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From the Balcony: Alan Pearson at the Opera

From the Balcony: Alan Pearson at the Opera

21/04/2015 to 10/05/2015

This exhibition represents a selection of paintings and drawings made during Alan Pearson’s sojourn in southern Italy and London in the 1980s. The opera series was exhibited in New Zealand in 1986-87 after which they were placed in storage. In London Pearson ventured into the Royal Opera house, Covent Garden to draw the interior. For him to unite his two loves, painting and opera, was ideal subject matter. In England and Italy Pearson re-visited beloved painters from the Baroque and Rococo periods, those influences, combined with his natural vibrant Expressionism, inspire this series of bravura paintings.

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Graphic Conjectures

Graphic Conjectures

2/07/2014 to 26/07/2014

Neo-Expressionist Alan Pearson has become one of the defining figures of New Zealand art history. In spite of his strident individualism and idiosyncratic values, which have provided a source of motivation throughout his career, his uniquely expressive and insightful work has brought him well-deserved attention and acclaim.

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Past time is future time

Past time is future time

8/04/2014 to 27/04/2014

Neo-Expressionist Alan Pearson has become one of the defining figures of New Zealand art history. In spite of his strident individualism and idiosyncratic values, which have provided a source of motivation throughout his career, his uniquely expressive and insightful work has brought him well-deserved attention and acclaim.

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The March of Time

The March of Time

14/08/2012 to 2/09/2012

“In the abstract works the figures represent the musicality of change, the spirit in existence…” The March of Time brings together works from iconic Neo-expressionist artist Alan Pearson, created between 1985 and 1995.

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Variations on the Figure

Variations on the Figure

11/10/2011 to 30/10/2011

'Variations on the Figure' focuses on iconic artist Alan Pearson's explorations of figurative form through his neo-expressionist painting. Featuring new paintings alongside earlier, never-before-exhibited pieces from the studio archive, this show displays a spectrum of figure-based renderings - from abstraction through to expressionistic realism - from one of New Zealand's most respected painters.

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Con Brio

Con Brio

27/04/2010 to 16/05/2010

Alan Pearson's painted surfaces can be read as a literal evocation of music, dance and rhythm in the way paint is applied in bold over-lapping strokes, sometimes grid-like and sometimes free and expressive but always with an underlying sense of tempo.

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Metaphors 1987 - 1990

Metaphors 1987 - 1990

28/10/2008 to 16/11/2008

Alan Pearson is one of New Zealand’s greatest Neo-Expressionists. As a full time artist for forty years with significant representation in major public collections around the country, his importance to New Zealand art and art history cannot be overstated. Metaphors 1987 - 1990 at Sanderson Contemporary Art will open on Tuesday 28th October and run through to October 16.

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Within, Within - Heads c. 1988-1994

Within, Within - Heads c. 1988-1994

26/02/2008 to 29/03/2008

To be udpated.

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Looking Eastward to the Sea

Looking Eastward to the Sea

4/09/2007 to 23/09/2007

Sanderson Contemporary Art is pleased to present 'Looking Eastward to the Sea', a solo exhibition of recent work from veteran New Zealand expressionist painter Alan Pearson.   Alan Pearson's profile in New Zealand has risen substantially over the past few years - seeing his works reach record prices in private sales and auctions. Following his hugely successful exhibition

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