For those of you new to us – and the blog – we thought you might like to know who we are and how we got here…
The Building – Number 11
A beautiful 200 year old Cornish town house in the centre of Padstow, Cornwall. The artist David Pearce discovered it at the end of 2006 and despite the irregular walls, uneven floors and worrying damp patches, he bought it. It has been sympathetically restored to create a classic gallery space retaining all the character of the original building.
David opened the gallery in 2007, we like to think it's warm and inviting with a serious edge.
The Owner – David Pearce
Artist and Owner/Director of Padstow Fine Art, David Pearce works in the landscape tradition of Modern British Painting. His early work has a playful quality - bright and naïve paintings depicting the local scenes. This era of work adorns the walls (and menus) of Rick Stein's restaurants, St Enodoc Hotel and for many are the memories of holidaying in Padstow.
|'Sea-Salt' hand produced silkscreen by David Pearce|
His work has been shown internationally since 1998, with great success at New York’s ‘Outsider’ Art Fair and recently at Milwaukee Art Museum USA.
David has recently designed and completed a retreat in Portugal where he shares part of the year with his partner, the artist Stephanie Richards.
Since opening Padstow Fine Art, David has invited a select few artists to join him. Artists you’ll often find on our walls include Judy Buxton, Alice Mumford, Marie-Claire Hamon, Megan Collins, Paul Fry, Peter Swanson, Robert Emery, Stephanie Richards and our newest artist Adrian Parnell.
|'St Michael's Mount-Boxing Day' oil on board by Adrian Parnell|
The Manager - Sharon
Started with the gallery in summer 2012, Sharon looks after the gallery day to day. Her background and passion is in Fine Art Woven Textiles, but her professional career took her into art consultancy and art lecturing. Working with us at the gallery has enabled her to return to her own art practice. Sharon says she loves all the work at the gallery and as a textile artist she has a particular affinity with the surfaces created in Paul Fry’s paintings.