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Henry Pearson Hand Study 1958 Pencil on paper Unique

Henry Pearson Hand Study 1958 Pencil on paper Unique

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Henry Pearson
Hand Study, 1958
Pencil on paper
11 1/2 x 8 3/4 inches
Signed and dated "Pearson '58" in pencil lower right
In very good condition, aside from missing upper right corner & discoloration extreme edge from metal of spiral notepad.

Henry Pearson (October 8, 1914 – December 3, 2006) was an American abstract and modernist painter. Henry Pearson was born in Kinston, North Carolina, graduated from the University of North Carolina in 1938, and studied theatrical design at Yale University. He served in the U.S. Army Air Corps in the Second World War, designing maps for the Okinawa campaign, and re-enlisted to serve in the US occupation of Japan, where he was influenced by Japanese art and theatre forms. 

Relocating to New York in the early 1950's, Henry Pearson studied at New York's Art Students League under legendary Artists Reginald Marsh and Will Barnet. Pearson remained life-long friends with Will Barnet and his wife, Elena. Henry Pearson was also associated with the Op Art movement and the famous Responsive Eye exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art in 1965. Other influences were Piet Mondrian and Kasimir Malevich.

Henry Pearson was known for abstract, multi-colored globes; 'stochastic' or chance-generated paintings; paintings modeled on Dogon (West African) sculpture; as well as paintings based on the map work he did in the army. In general, his mode was hard-edged abstraction, although not without traces of humor and whimsy. His works are in the collections of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Museum of Modern Art, and the North Carolina Museum of Art.Pearson taught at The New School for General Studies and the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts for many years.

Pearson was a fan of literature and illustrated several poems by the Irish Nobel Prize–winning poet Seamus Heaney. His correspondence with Heaney, and his comprehensive collection of Heaney books, manuscripts and memorabilia, is now housed at the University of North Carolina. Mr. Pearson died in 2006 after a long illness.
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