France Art

Pamela Stewart-Pearson

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I began to train as a carver of netsuke when I left school and studied to become a P.E teacher. This is not as strange as it might appear as it was at college that I learnt to study movement and observe detail very closely.

As my family grew up I decided that I didn't want to continue teaching but would rather persue my great interest in plants. Following a move to Surrey, UK I started working at the Royal Horticultural Society garden in Wisley. This was another useful training for carving as very close examination of plants and flowers was necessary and it eventually lead to me opening my own small nursery.

hile looking after the gardens of a stately home I started to study woodcarving, a subject which had always interested me. I became a student at the City and Guilds of London School of Art where I followed a course of Church work ie. the type of carving perfected by Grinling Gibbons which can be found in the choir at St. Paul's Cathederal and many large houses around Britain.

y woodcarving was becoming increasingly detailed and eventually, in 2002, I decided to follow this to it's logical conclusion and start to carve netsuke, although at that time I had only seen and admired them in pictures.

Most of my carvings are based on the natural world and I always try to impart as much movement into each piece as possible.. I live deep in the French countryside which provides constant inspiration. I surround myself with objects and pictures and strive to find the essence of my chosen subject; and while I always start with a clear idea I find my carvings are often subject to serendipity. I don't draw a design and I allow the wood itself to lead the carving onward. I try to include suprises so that the observer has to spend time studying the carving rather than seeing everything with a single glance.

My carvings are done by hand and take many hours to complete. I use a small rasp for the initial shaping then gouges and knives followed by increasingly fine sandpapers.

A R T I S T ' S    P R O F I L E

July 2002 Carved my first netsuke
July 2003 Exhibited at the Hilliard Society annual Exhibition, Wells Somerset UK
November 2003 The Society of Miniature Painters, Sculptors & Gravers Exhibition, Washington DC USA
November 2003 Annual Exhibition Royal Miniature Society, Central Hall Westminster, London
December 2003 SAMAP exhibition, Arras France
May 2004 Moved to SW France to live in the Lomagne not far from Toulouse.
June 2004 Royal Miniature Society Exhibition Mall Gallery London
The Bidder & Bourne award for the best sculpture... the finest piece of the sculptors and gravers art.
As a result I was made an associate member at the AGM in July, ARMS
June 2004 World Federation of Miniatures 3rd exhibition, Washington DC, USA
November 2004 Hilliard Society Annual Show. Awarded HS
September 2005 First visit to the International Netsuke Society Convention , San Francisco USA
November 2005 Hilliard Society Annual Exhibition
February 2006 Bonhams London sold one of my netsuke at auction.
July 2006 Royal Miniature Society Annual Exhibition
Forthcoming... Exhibitor at the Kappa Convention, Florida USA International Netsuke Society January 26th to 31st 2007

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