A Portfolio of the Artist Leonard J Pearce


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The Artist


America’s Cup Races    Animals & Nature    Clippers & Packet Ships    Naval & Exploration    Passenger Vessels    People & Places    Sculpture

Pilot Boats & Tugs    Ports & Harbors    Schooner Yachts Racing    Schooner Yacht Portraits    Small Craft    Whalers & Fishing Boats    Yachts


The Artist

Education   City and Guilds of Art, London. Fine Art, Drawing and Painting

Awards   1982 - International Maritime Art Show - First prize for his painting of the clipper ship Marco Polo

                                                                                    Third prize for a the start of an international yacht race.

1983 - Elected member of the International Society of Marine Painters.  

1992 - Elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts

Group Exhibitions

1975 - 1976 - St. Katherine's Dock Yacht Haven, London  

1983 - Elected member of the International Society of Marine Painters.

           Has shown at the annual exhibition of the Royal Society of Marine Artists and the International Boat Show, London from 1978  

1984 to date - Participation in Annual International Marine Art Exhibition, Mystic, Connecticut  

1994 - Participation in exhibition of work of three British Marine Artists, Amsterdam

Solo Exhibitions

1977 - One-man Show, Mystic Seaport Museum Participation In 'Seal, Sails and Ports, exhibit of important marine paintings

           at Kennedy Galleries New York Greenwich (Connecticut) Workshop Gallery  

1978 - One-man show - Horton Point Lighthouse Museum, Long Island NY. Inclusion in 'A Unique Painting Exhibition'

            at The Incurable Collector New York, followed by Special Exhibit of works in March 1979 and regular exhibits thereafter

Selected Commissions

1976 - Special Exhibit of "Tail Ships" painted especially for the Abercrombie & Fitch Gallery New York

         in conjunction with 'Operation Sail' in celebration of the U.S. bi-centenary of Independence.  

1980 - Modelled bas-relief portrait bust of Horatio Nelson for souvenir sales at Greenwich and Portsmouth Naval Museums  

1982-1984 Prepared a series of 12 of 'The Great 19th Century Clipper Ships' on fine porcelain and gilt plates for The Franklin Mint  

1992 - Commissioned by Franklin Mint to paint "Cutty Sark" for Limited Edition Porcelain Plate  

1995 - Commissioned by Royal Doulton to paint four famous British Sailing ships for production of porcelain plates  

1998 - Commissioned by the Franklin Mint to do commemorative painting of 'Titanic' for Limited Edition porcelain plate.

       - Marine paintings for sale at the Vallejo Gallery, Newport Beach, CA., and at the Riverboat Maritime Museum, and awarded a prize

         at the international marine art exhibit.

Work since 1999

- Private commissions of marine art; Vancouver, the racing yacht Jaqcueline IV, and the ketch ‘Perigina’.

- Continued research in schooner yacht history

- Regular sales of new work at the Mystic Maritime Galley, Connecticut, and at the Marine art gallery, Salem, Mass.

- Plaque for Princess Anne’s visit.

- Most of the work in the Animals and Nature gallery; Birds (Dove cot), still life (apples and pears) and animals (lions, farm horse, dog & cat),

- The majority of paintings in the People and Places gallery, including architectural paintings,

  for example Tintern Abbey, atmospheric folly (harvest moon), Llanthony Priory, and Gelli-Groes Mill

- Chinese painting at Hong Kong.

- Portrait of Le Brun as in her well known painting at her easel, self portrait.

- Submissions of transparencies of paintings for their reproduction in the forthcoming Americas Cup Races book

  ‘A Definitive history of Cup Races’.

Alzheimer's disease caused a progressive decline in his health since 2015, eventually succumbing in Caerphilly on June 12 2018.

1932-2018. Born in London, spent formative years at Sutton Surrey. From local Art School went on to the City and Guilds of Art, London to study Fine Art, Drawing and Painting. Began career in a design studio working on architectural, graphic and product design.

In the early 1960's started his own practice; mostly graphics and gained membership of the Royal Society of Industrial Artists and Designers.

Always retained an interest in fine art and in the 1970's, originally as a pastime, began to express his love of boats, sail and steamships in painting. His style at this time was reminiscent of 19th Century ship portraits derived from childhood memories of marine paintings and engravings in his late fathers' collection of Victorian Art.

His technique initially entailed under-painting in tempera and subsequent oil glazes on gessoed panels of mahogany or marine plywood, but very soon decided to paint professionally with oil on canvas.

He has also periodically developed his skills in modelling and sculpture successfully.

In 1984 he moved to Wales, and now/paints in a purpose built studio in a secluded farmhouse.