Isla Pearson is a British artist. She works primarily with paint but also incorporates elements such as photography, textiles and text into her pieces. Having studied at Central St. Martins in London, Pearson is currently living and working in Stroud, Gloucestershire in the United Kingdom.
Pearson’s pieces are preoccupied with questions of interiority, the body and the earth, and finding the connections between all three. Her semi-abstract paintings are shrouded in subtle mystery - they hint at birds, landscapes and natural forms and although not directly representative, project a depth and truth that resonates with the viewer.
Pearson’s works have a profound connection with the earth, and as a result the colour palette is subtle, with soft and dry brush strokes. The work is open-ended and Pearson allows it the space to evolve and take on its own meaning. Her process is one of layering and mark-making which lends itself to this idea of depth and space, and creates a sense of gravity and stillness in the paintings.
A Growing Reputation
Pearson has presented her work in group and solo exhibitions in London and the United Kingdom. In 1995, she created ‘unfamiliar ground’, a site-specific public installation at the prestigious Geffrye Museum in London.