Tangata Whenua (The Challenge)
A stylised depiction of the wero or challenge performed by Maori at a formal gathering, this painting shows Pearson’s characteristic gestural painting style and bold use of colour and form.
Alan Pearson (1929–) was born in England. During the 1940s, Pearson worked for the British Railways as a cleaner and locomotive fireman and in 1951 he moved to Tasmania, Australia. In 1954 he immigrated to New Zealand and attended Wellington Technical College, studying Fine Arts. In the 1960s he worked as a teacher and as a designer for television while also continuing to paint. From the 1970s onwards, Pearson took up painting full-time and travelled extensively internationally, winning a number of awards and scholarships. His works are held in collections in New Zealand and overseas.
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615 x 615mm (image)