Blog: Urban Artist Focus | Studio Interview | Dan Pearce
Contemporary Mixed-Media Artist
“For me, art is fun. I only have one objective, to try to engage the audience for a reaction, good or bad.''
Dan Pearce has become one of the leading mixed-media urban artists on the contemporary art scene. His success has seen celebrity clients including Anthony Joshua, Rag 'n' Bone Man and 50 Cent. With a passion for charitable causes, Dan continues to raise money through his art for homeless charities, wildlife conservation and The Peter Jones Foundation.
This week we chat to Dan about what inspires him and take a look at him at work in the studio.
How did you come to be an artist ?
I studied art at college that led to a degree in jewellery design/production. I then left the UK and lived in Australia for several years. It was not until late in my 30's that I started painting influenced by the huge shift in urban art becoming popular. I was obsessed with cutting and spraying stencils inspired by Banksy, Dface but also influenced by the art I loved in college -Warhol, Lichtenstein.
Describe your work in three words
Vibrant, Unique, Experimental
What draws you to creating collage/mixed-media based work?
Doing my jewellery degree I worked with lots of precious stones, metals, resins etc this is an influence on my art today.
Does the area in which you live or other areas influence your work?
Not really, I am more influenced by every day life, my thoughts, TV, film music and life in general.
As above - LIFE - thoughts can come from anywhere, usually in the dead of the night when my brain can switch off from everything else I can then channel clear creative thoughts.
Do you listen to any favourite music, radio or podcasts while working in the studio?
Yes I'm always listening to something depending on what mood I am in. I love listening to art podcasts to hear the experiences of other artists.
If you could invite three artists or art influences(living or deceased) to dinner who would they be?
Warhol, Dali, Lichtenstein
What drew you to exhibit at the Watergate Street Gallery – do you have a criteria for choosing the galleries where you would like to show your work?
It always helps if the gallery likes your work, I find something much easier to sell/market if they like it first. Great marketing plan, social sharing, annual exhibition, great communication, think outside the box.
What are you most excited about artistically in 2020?
Working on new collections, pushing myself to create something new, 3d art, sculptures, furniture art.
Take a look at further clips below showing Dan creating two fantastic large-scale murals. They give a real insight into the techniques the artist applies. To view Dan's full collection at the gallery please click here.