"I am human, and nothing of that which is human is alien to me.”———-Terence
Inspired by the subject matter that unites our humanity, I am interested in telling the story of the "Everyman", painting people as portraits and figures in oil, charcoal and pastel pencil. The source of my inspiration comes from many directions, including scenes from the streets, issues in the news, and subject matter I have read about regarding current social trends. My work embraces the concept of social realism by drawing attention to everyday conditions. I am interested in the transformative energy of art to heal social ills. No conversation is more worth having than that which addresses to some degree the condition of our fellow man.
EXHIBITION HISTORY brief
2017 Figure-Scapes and Figures: Mars Hill University
2016 Perceptions: The Black Male, Images of Dignity, Pink Dog, Asheville, NC
2015 Artist Showcase Award in the Manhattan Arts International “The Healing Power of ART” 2015 online juried exhibition for his outstanding painting “A Choice of Weapons”.
2015 “Different Perspectives” National Juried Exhibit at FCCA, Fredericksburg, VA (chilly)
2014 NOAPS Spring 2014 International Online Exhibit (Nat’l Oil and Acrylic Painters Society) “The Guitar Lesson”
2014 Fourth Annual Art and Earth Juried Exhibit: Berkeley Arts Council, Berkeley County West Virginia “Distant Memories”
2014 Group exhibition, Stella Jones Gallery, New Orleans
2014 Painting In the World: Reflections on Politics, Violence, And Reconciliation
Sponsored by the Northern Arizona University Art Museum, Flagstaff, AZ (The Poet and Scales of unequal Justice)
2010-11 Traveling exhibition, “WOUNDED in ACTION” sponsored by the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.
2007 Group exhibition, The African American Atelier gallery, Greensboro, N.C.
2007 Group exhibition, Apex Museum, Atlanta, Ga.
2006 Group exhibition, Alexandria Museum of Art, Alexandria, La
GRANTS and AWARDS brief
2016 Regional Artist Project grant, AAAC (Asheville Area Arts council
2011 My painting, Disparity 2 won the first place award in Mid-America exhibition sponsored by the Arts Council of Southeastern, Missouri: Cape Girard. MO
2010 UCROSS Foundation Resident
2009 American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons chose “Home from war” for their book cover.
2007 Louisiana Division of the Arts Artist Entrepreneur grant
2006 Pollock-Krasner Foundation of NY
1998 Pollock-Krasner Foundation of New York grant, NYC, NY
2005 Artists’ Fellowship Inc. of New York grant
2010 portrait painting with Dell Weller, New Orleans fine arts academy, scholarship
2009 portrait drawing with Carol Peebles, New Orleans
2009 figure drawing with Carol Peebles, New Orleans
2007 and 2008 attended international portrait conference sponsored by the Portrait Society of America
1999 Portrait painting workshop with Daniel Greene, North Salem, NY
1994 Master of Education, William Carey College, Gulfport, MS (academic scholarship)
1987-89 Private study with Frank Adams, New Orleans, LA
1970-75 Professional training Art Students League of NY, (talent scholarship)
1969 Bachelor of Science in art education, Jackson State College
ARTICLES and INTERVIEWS brief
2017 Interview with Mountain Xpress, Asheville, NC http://mountainx.com/arts/asheville-art-talk-joseph-pearson-brings-his-figure-scapes-
2017 Podcast interview with Locatedhearted. com, Asheville, NC log onto Locatedhearted. com to listen
2016 The Citizen Times, Asheville, North Carolina
2006 Article in the Town talk, Alexandria, La.
2003 Times Picayune, New Orleans, LA
1998 Published in the book Art in Mississippi 1720-1980
1994-1996 American Artist Magazine
191994 Clarion Ledger Newspaper, Jackson, MS
1994 Miss. ETV, Jackson, MS
Allied Artist of America
Ms Liz Uchello, New Orleans, La
Drs. James and Ulla Knoeppe, Alexandria, La
Mrs Fatma Fatoush, New Orleans, la
White House Historical Association, Washing, D.C.
Dr. Michael Menache: Alexandria, La
Dr. Bevels, Alexandria, La
Former Mayor Edward and Mrs. Debra Randolph, Alexandria, La
Dr. Lessa Phillips, Jackson, Ms
Ms Kim Tullos, Jackson, Ms
Dr. Holcombe and family, Alexandria, La
Dr. William Bertrand, New Orleans
Forbes magazine, NY
Dr. and Mrs. James Walker, New Orleans, LA
Dr. and Mrs. James Edwards, William College, Gulfport, MS
Mrs. Marie Taylor, New Orleans, LA
Dr. Glen D. LeBouf, New Orleans, LA
Ms Debra Beamon, Kansas
Ms Dora Hodges, Houston, TX
Louisiana State Museum, New Orleans, LA
Dr. Eloise E. Johnson, Baton Rouge, LA
Dr. Stella Jones, New Orleans, LA