First Scottish show for Stoke artist Ian Pearsall
We are delighted to host a major exhibition of drawings by Stoke-on-Trent artist Ian Pearsall.
A selection of drawings from his ‘Steel’ series, entitled ‘Fire & Light’ will be exhibited in the gallery from Friday 19 October until Tuesday 18 December 2018.
This is Ian’s first Scottish show, following his successful ‘Black Streets’ exhibition at Trent Art Gallery in Newcastle under Lyme.
A preview exhibition of drawings takes place on Thursday 18 October between 5.30 and 8 pm. Ian will be on hand to discuss his inspiration and process.
Ian explains why he chose this subject matter:
“Following my successful ‘Black Streets’ Exhibition at Trent Art Gallery when I painted my first passion; the people’s architecture – the terraced houses of the great working people (in any British city), I finally got around to following a family story; that of my great-great granddad William Asher who started work at The Shelton Bar Iron Company aged just sixteen back in 1859.
Shelton Bar is a huge story in the history of Stoke-On-Trent employing over ten-thousand people at its peak. It was the reason why the city was bombed by the Luftwaffe during the Second World War, and following closure the land was used for the second great Garden Festival in the UK to reclaim the land it stood on.
I’ve taken a tangent with this ‘STEEL’ Series – I wanted to free up my style after working on the ‘Black Streets’ – I wanted to convey the excitement; drama, light, smoke, sparks and fire and all that working with STEEL implies.”
“We are very excited to be hosting this exhibition of drawings,” says Gallery owner Linsay Given Black. “I saw Ian’s work on Twitter, quite by chance, liked and commented on it and before we knew it, Ian had come up to Edinburgh, seen the Gallery and we had organised this fabulous exhibition! The positive power of social media in action.”