|Martin Pearce: Stellarium III, 2012, Oil, wax, latex, water & copper on canvas, 20 x 18" (detail)|
|Martin Pearce: Fond I, 2012 , Oil, encaustic on canvas, 72 x 56" (detail)||Martin Pearce: Fond IV, 2012, Oil, encaustic on canvas, 60 x 84" (detail)|
Martin Pearce’s Stellarium series are concerned with the generation of image, colour and surface by unpredictable chemical reactions between different materials – oil and water, latex and copper. The reactions create the effects of the paintings; dispersal, suspension and resistance all occur. The paintings look like natural form or like the night sky. This work is a negotiation between different kinds of energies and activities that can exist in the studio. The real and the imagined are encountered in the actual interaction of materials and the space for representational illusion that painting allows.
The Fond paintings loosely refer to lines of longitude and latitude, structure of trees, graphic representation of weather systems. While the paintings are a negotiation between different kinds of energy that can occur in the studio, there is reference carried by image and material to representations of earth and sky.
Martin Pearce is an Assistant Professor in Painting at the University of Guelph. He studied painting in the UK and graduated from the Royal College of Art with an MA in 1985. His studio practice in drawing and painting investigates relationships between mark-making on a two-dimensional surface and images of structures and excavations on the earth's surface.
As Gary Michael Dault has written about his recent work, "painting is also applying pigment and removing it again, digging, chipping, sanding, maybe tearing at it with your fingernails. Pearce operates as if he were a surrogate for erosion, for the wearing away of the landscape by force and time."
Pearce has exhibited in Canada and the UK, including at the Kelowna Art Gallery and the Kitchener Waterloo Art Gallery in Ontario and the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London, UK. Pearce's work is included in numerous public and private collections including; The MacDonald Stewart Art Centre, Guelph, Ontario; University of Toronto Art Centre; Sun Life Assurance of Canada, Montreal and Toronto; Osler Hoskin & Harcourt Collection, Toronto.