Schuller, Ferris, and Lindstrom Architect's Gallery, in Fayetteville, NC, Feature Works by Leslie Pearson
Carolina Arts, A Publication Covering the Arts in the Carolinas
August Issue 2005
Schuller, Ferris, and Lindstrom Architect's Gallery, in downtown Fayetteville, NC, is featuring the paintings of local artist Leslie Pearson, through Aug. 22, 2005. The selected works are from the series: Newcastle Architecture and KCMO - Searching for Self.
Pearson's work represents a wide range of subject matter and style. Working primarily in oil and acrylic paint, she explores various avenues of interest including realism, texture, words and non-objective imagery which she uses as a parallax for ideas, patterns, and emotions.
The eight piece, three-dimensional series Newcastle Architecture, was inspired while Pearson was living in Newcastle, England (2000-2001). Coming from a small town in rural America, the post-industrial cityscape of Newcastle seemed to radiate with a rich history unfamiliar to her.
Located in the heart of the North East of England, Newcastle has a plethora of buildings, cathedrals, and monuments that exemplify Roman, Georgian and Victorian influence. The streets of the city center are filled with weathered windows, doors, and alleyways which create visually stimulating imagery. The city rests on the site of the Roman military station Pons Aelii, at Hadrian's Wall. A former coal mining and shipbuilding hub, Newcastle is now a forward-looking city seeking to create a dialogue between its community and the arts.
KCMO -- Searching for Self includes 18 pieces done in oil pastels on paper. The series transpired over the course of several months following the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, when Pearson lived in Kansas City, MO. During that time she contemplated the complexities of her own life and eventually joined the Army as a photojournalist (2002-2004). While the pieces in this series are much smaller and more intimate than is typical of Pearson, the heavy use of line and texture continues to be a dominant theme that illustrates a desire for balance.
Pearson is a professional artist based in Fayetteville. A Missouri native, Pearson earned a Bachelor's degree in fine art from Southeast Missouri State University (1998) and was heavily involved in community arts programming as the Assistant Director of the Arts Council of Southeast Missouri. In 2000 she moved to England where she earned a Master's degree in Museum Studies at the University of Newcastle.
Upon returning to the States, Pearson joined the Army as a photojournalist for a military intelligence unit and freelanced as an Arts and Entertainment journalist for the Augusta Chronicle, a daily newspaper in Augusta, GA. She now works full-time from her home/studio and operates the Pearson Gallery.
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