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Gary Pearson: The End is My Beginning

Kamloops Art Gallery
Kamloops BC – Mar 30-May 25, 2008

Gary Pearson - Please Don’t Smoke During the Concert

Gary Pearson, Please Don’t Smoke During the Concert (1999), oil, rubber stamp and collage paper on paper [Kamloops Art Gallery, Kamloops BC, Mar 30-May 25]

The End is My Beginning is a solo exhibit of new paintings and other works by B.C. artist Gary Pearson. Pearson’s works portray individuals and groups of people in semi-public and transient venues such as bars, diners or hotels. His paintings are often close to monochromatic with off-key bursts of colour, and his use of patterning – words, palm trees, architectural features, and other symbols – is an important feature of the compositions.

Gary Pearson - When I Get to Baton Rouge

Gary Pearson, When I Get to Baton Rouge (2005), Oil and oil enamel on canvas [Kamloops Art Gallery, Kamloops BC, Mar 30-May 25]

Gary Pearson - Under the Blue Palms

Gary Pearson, Under the Blue Palms (2005), oil, oil enamel, and enamel spray paint on canvas [Kamloops Art Gallery, Kamloops BC, Mar 30-May 25]

Through the use of a deliberately crude drawing style, Pearson seeks to give his work a direct and earthy character. His videos have a similar painterly style and visual appearance. The End is My Beginning features several recent works, a selection from his 2005 Greenville series (inspired in part by the songs of Lucinda Williams), a group of earlier drawings and two videos. The artworks all portray scenes from everyday life in unnamed places. 

Gary Pearson is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies at the University of British Columbia Okanagan in Kelowna. He received his M.A. from the University of Saskatchewan and his B.F.A. from the University of Victoria. Pearson is an interdisciplinary artist who works primarily in painting and video. He has been exhibiting internationally since 1983. His work in video includes experimental and documentary genres. He is also an author who has written for several art journals including Border Crossings and Sculpture Magazine. He is the recipient of the International Studio Award at P.S.1/MoMA (Museum of Modern Art) New York and the 1991 VIVA award.

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Gary Pearson - I Fell Under Her Spell Too

Gary Pearson, I Fell Under Her Spell Too (2000), oil and rubber stamp on paper [Kamloops Art Gallery, Kamloops BC, Mar 30-May 25]


 Wed, Apr 2, 2008