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Tessa Pearson RCA

Painter / Printmaker

SAOS Open Studios 2020 Tessa Pearson studied Printed textile design at UCA Farnham and the Royal College of Art, and following a successful career painting fabric she has for the past ten years worked exclusively on paper creating bold abstract prints, mostly monotypes richly textured with elements of collage, hand painting and woodblock printed imagery.
Renowned for her exceptional use of colour, recent work has evolved from sketches of textures and rhythms experienced in inspirational gardens and interpreted in her very recognisable style.
Now living and working in the Surrey Hills, Tessa exhibits work at art fairs and galleries across the UK and Internationally.

Meet the Artist: Tessa Pearson (Surrey Artist of the Year 2012)
Tell us about yourself and your work...
I studied printed textile design at the Royal College of Art and worked successfully as a textile painter, but my work for the last fifteen years has been on paper. I am known for my colour, I create bold contemporary abstract monoprints and mixed media paintings inspired by colour and pattern in gardens and landscape.

What's your favourite piece of your work?
I would say my favourite piece of work recently has been a watercolour called Orange Prairie Garden. It was the key work in my solo show at the Fountain Gallery last April, and I felt it was the distillation of a large number of paintings and monoprints that I made from sketches of the wonderful gardens at Sussex Prairie Gardens in Henfield, Sussex. I would have quite liked to have kept it, but someone wanted to buy it, so it went to a good home�.! I am looking forward to doing some more large watercolours like this.

What do you love most about being an artist?
Being an artist is my whole life. It means I always have something to look forward to, as my sketchbook is full of ideas to be worked on. My idea of heaven is to have an uninterrupted period to work in my studio! I am lucky enough to be able to sell my work, and have made so many friends through my art.

Where do you seek inspiration in the local area? Often my work comes from ideas developed from sketchbooks made during my travels to places like Morocco, but I also love the landscapes closer to home around the Surrey Hills, and the wonderful gardens at Wisley.

Which is your favourite Surrey art gallery?
I love going to the New Ashgate Gallery, as they always have interesting work to see. The Lightbox in Woking is an exciting space, and I am the chairman of the Fountain Gallery at Hampton Court, so I have to mention that!

What would you say to any artists starting out?
Take every opportunity that comes your way, however small, and work as hard as you can. You need to be very organised, keep up with everything that's happening , and just get out there!

Tell us about your workspace. What can visitors to your studios expect this year?
I have just moved to a new home in Effingham, and will be building a beautiful new studio in the garden, to be ready next spring. It will have a large workspace and gallery, and I am really looking forward to establishing myself in this new area.
Thanks Tessa, we look forward to seeing you at the summer open studios in 2013!

Visitors welcome by appointment


Orestan Lane




KT24 5SN

tel: 07736 211105



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