Siloam Springs, Ark. (October 29, 2010) - Works by world-renowned calligrapher, painter and designer Charles Pearce will be displayed in the upcoming exhibit in the JBU Art Gallery. The exhibit entitled, “The Painted Word: Calligraphic Abstractions,” will open with a reception on Thursday, Nov. 4 from 6:00-7:30 p.m. in the gallery. At 6:30 p.m. Pearce will discuss some of his work that is on display.
“We are incredibly fortunate to have such a talented and respected calligraphy artist exhibiting his work on the JBU campus,” professor of visual arts and gallery director Charles Peer said. “There isn’t any serious calligrapher that doesn’t know the name Charles Pearce.”
The exhibit features 22 calligraphy paintings full of rich colors and imagery ranging in subject matter from expressions of Shakespeare, to a series on the Seven Deadly Sins, to varied pieces entitled “In the Garden,” “Messiah,” and “Nine Eleven.”
Pearce was born in Birmingham, England and developed his skills as an artist in various art schools eventually graduating from Camberwell School of Arts and Crafts in London earning the equivalent to a MFA in Lettering Arts. In 1970, Pearce became a Fellow of the Society of Scribes and Illuminators in London, which is the most prestigious award available to calligraphers. In 1980, after moving to New York, he became the only calligrapher to be granted the city’s Artist-In-Residence award. Pearce has written several books on calligraphy and teaches widely in North America, Europe and Australia.
“I had the pleasure of working with Pearce for a week in his studio outside of Eureka Springs,” JBU Professor Dave Andrus said. “A British gentleman with a fine accent, he is a pleasure to visit with and learn from.”
The exhibit will be on display from Nov. 4 through Dec. 12. The gallery is open Monday through Friday 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. and Sunday 2 p.m.-4 p.m. or by special arrangement. The opening reception will be Thursday Nov. 4, from 6:00-7:30 p.m. and will allow guests to visit with the artists and enjoy refreshments as they go through the show. The reception and the exhibit are free and open to the public.