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The Knife

I have been lucky enough to have been asked by the Knife for the use of one of my photographs for the promotion of their US tour. I feel very honoured, I’m a big fan of them ever since I first came to Sweden 11 years ago. If you live in the States you should check them out at Coachella. The live show is phenomenal. The link is here.

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Girls Names

Girls Names

http://www.flickr.com/photos/ianpearce/sets/72157625471919845/

Some pics I took of the Belfast band Girls Names is up now on The Thin Air website. Great night, there was even an encore.

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M&E Four Eyes Exhibition

My good friends of M&E (Mathew Bolger & Emelie Lidström) had their first solo exhibition in Malmö on June 7th at Galleri Rostrum. It runs for the whole month of June. If you are in the area please head down as there are some great pieces on display and for sale. Particular favorites are the Masks triptych and the Diysco installation. I was lucky enough to get to photograph the pieces plus the opening, but nothing beats seeing them in reality. The gallery is below. Bands playing were Bodebrixen from Denmark and Goodtime from Ireland. A great interview is to be found by the couple on Thin Air.

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Peeps

My exhibition ‘Peeps’ went off without any real hitches. I spent the night before writing my biography and my motivation until 6am. It took a long while, longer than I expected for such a small amount of words. So I was a little bit stressed when I got up later that day to know that I still had two more pictures to frame. When I did it was 2pm. I was to be at the Plockepinn at 3pm.  I had just enough time to shower before my very good friends arrived to help me carry these pictures across a snow covered town. It was a funny sight to see. Some of the people carrying the paintings, I had actually painted. It felt quite surreal. It looked like some sort of performance piece in itself. It reminded me of the Anthony Corbijn directed music video ‘Atmosphere’ by Joy Division. An instagram shot by Emelie Lidström will also illustrate what I mean.

When we arrived the look of shock on the cooks faces when a gang of Irish people storm into a closed restaurant in great spirits holding paintings was priceless. When the confusion subsided and the gang left it was time to hang ’em up. Cian ‘the human spirit level’ Burke stayed on and lent me his time and advice, I got them up with relative ease. I was pretty chuffed and proud of myself considering this time last year I had never even thought of having a website about my paintings let alone having my first exhibition. I’m so glad I’ve done it, my first solo achievement. I guess there are only two ways to go from here. I hope I go the right way.

Well thats pretty much what happend. Thanks for reading, if you got this far. If you are in the Malmö area and would like to view the paintings in person while eating tasty food in good company go to Plockepinn Restaurang, Bergsgatan 29, Malmö. Thanks again to everyone who helped out, I love you guys. KRAM!

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Kristina

This is a painting of my lovely wife Kristina. The photo was taken on New Years Eve just before we were to go out and celebrate. As always she looked stunning. We took a load of photos at that time to show off her bump. She is over 8 1/2 months pregnant which you wouldn’t notice from this. It is true what they say about pregnant women, they do tend to have a special glow.

This would perhaps be a painting I was most nervous about doing, as you don’t want to make a mess of it as there is nothing more scary than the rage of a pregnant woman. Not that she would be angry mind, as she is my biggest supporter of my work with never a bad word said,  but I did want to make sure it was perfect for her as she is to me.

Watercolour & Ink on 36cm x 51cm Cotton 300g/m² heavyweight paper

© Ian Pearce 2013

© Ian Pearce 2013

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What’s a-crack-a-lackin’?

This is a redux of a painting I did previously. I don’t have the original on this site. The difference being that it is larger scale and that I learnt a bit more since doing the last one. Plus it will fit nicer with the other paintings in my exhibition at Plockepinn at the end of this month.

The painting is of my good friend Matty B. An ex-pat who lives here in Sweden. Together with his girlfriend/partner Emelie, they run a top design company called M&E. Check them out if you have time.

If anybody wishes to commission a painting or buy one please contact me, the link is up there at the top.

Watercolour & Ink on 36cm x 51cm Cotton 300g/m² heavyweight paper

© Ian Pearce 2013

© Ian Pearce 2013

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Bertil & Broken Glasses

This is an illustration of my father-in-law wearing his freshly broken glasses. He realised they were gone while getting on the bus. The said bus flattened them. When we found them near the bus stop  I asked him to put them on so that I could get his portrait. I love his defeated expression.

This is my second attempt at cross hatching. My technique is not the best, very messy and non-uniform. But I felt I got some nice shading towards the end. I especially like along the neck. Finding it difficult to maintain the same line length, distance and angle. My arm freezes up or spasms sometimes (not sure whats wrong there). But I do feel I’m getting some progress and understanding, and from what I’ve learnt from this painting I feel the next one will be much better.

Ink on 220g/m² A3 Heavyweight Paper

© Ian Pearce 2012

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Roll 002

Here are a few more pictures from a roll I got back from the developers today.

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I Am Zombie

I mentioned before on my Hands of Fire post, I had a few photographs left over from that shoot that never saw the light of day. So for fun, and with a slight feeling of Halloween, I chose to illustrate one of them. To mix it up a bit, I decided to have a go at cross hatching. Not my area of expertise, I must admit, but the result was not too shabby. I do need practice, possibly a few pointers or tips from an expert. But I’m otherwise happy with this piece. I’m hoping to do more of them and you the viewer will hopefully see an improvement.

Aaanyways, the idea for this image was a sort of homagé of a photograph called ‘Ghost’ by Stanislaw Ignacy Witkiewic that Richie had seen recently at an exhibition in Ireland, spring 2011.

Ink on 220g/m² A3 Heavyweight Paper

‘I Am Zombie’
© Ian Pearce 2012

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Hands of Fire

The original image was taken from a photo-shoot I did for my friend Richie Egans band, Jape, in mid-2011. We took a bunch of promotional photographs in his back yard in his old house in Rathmines, Dublin. This one was used mainly to promote a single he released online that year called Hands of Fire. The B-side to that release is one of my personal favorite tracks of his and if you want to give the album a listen go here. Incidentally, I also took the photograph that is on the cover of the record.

The hand in the picture is mine. The idea of the photo came naturally. At the time I didn’t have a tripod or lights. So I had to work quickly to use the natural light of the sun behind me. Lining up the hand to the face while giving a bit of glint in his eye was difficult. But we got it in the end. One photograph in particular was pretty out there, spooky in fact. I might just paint that one too.

‘Hands of Fire’
© Ian Pearce 2012

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