Portrait of Patricia St John (Lady Bolingbroke) ; Alan Pearson; c. 1963; 2012.00...


Portrait of Patricia St John (Lady Bolingbroke)

About this object

Painted in the early 1960's, this portrait pre-dares both the yellow/green colouration and expressionist brushwork that characterises many of Pearson's later portraits. Possibly constrained because it was a commission, the brushwork is relatively conventional in stylistic terms. Confident and direct, it presents a determined-looking sitter whose forceful nature is heightened by her crossed arms.

Singer, dancer, poet, conversationalist, Neo-Expressionist Alan Pearson was born in Liverpool in 1929. He traveled for great deal of his life, spending time in Canada and Australia working a variation of jobs. In 1955, he set himself up in New Zealand, and studied at the Canterbury Art School and Auckland Teachers' Training College. Pearson was vitally concerned with the metaphysical and intangible, articulating dense concepts about the human condition -- passions, fears, and emotions in his works. He also used his art to explore the social changes of his lifetime, with the constant motivation of a fresh perception of the human psyche. This was intensified later in life when he was diagnosed with macular degeneration.


Alan Pearson

Date Made

c. 1963

Medium and Materials

Oil on Plywood


Framed 69 x 57

Subject and Association Description

St John: Patricia

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