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Beckenham artist's excitement at 'homecoming' show

PUBLISHED: 13:33 19 May 2016 | UPDATED: 12:16 23 May 2016

Dan Pearce in his studio

Dan Pearce in his studio

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He will stage an exhibition at Rare Interior Art on Beckenham Road

An up-and-coming Beckenham artist has spoken of his excitement at being able to exhibit his work in his local town.

Dan Pearce, who has lived in the area for the past 12 years, has secured his first local exhibition at Rare Interior Art on Beckenham Road.

Influenced by pop art and urban artists, Mr Pearce’s works combine different materials to create vivid, colourful portraits of icons such as the Queen, Lady Gaga and Marilyn Monroe.

Mr Pearce told the Bromley Times: “I have had quite a few exhibitions throughout the UK and a couple of exhibitions internationally, but I am really excited about this being the first one in Bromley.

“I had been trying to do a show locally for some time, but it is hard to find a gallery that will lend you the space for a few weeks.

“Rare Interior Art was really interested in my work and they kindly gave me the gallery for a few weeks. A lot of family and friends will be there, and a lot of people who have seen my work online and want to see it in person.

“My work is sort of pop art-influenced, and I do a lot of inks, so there is very much an urban influence. I spray on materials instead of canvas to give it a mixed-media effect.

“I try to take it to a different level, so that when people look at it they want to touch it.”

Originally from Merseyside, Mr Pearce lives in Beckenham with his wife and two sons.

He has a studio at the bottom of his garden, which enables him to balance family life with his work as an artist.

“There is a lot of art up-and-coming in the Beckenham and Bromley area,” he said. “I am in touch with the council about doing a large Bowie mural that would put Beckenham on the map. It would show Beckenham’s appreciation for Bowie.”

Although it has taken time for him to become established, Mr Pearce recently featured in London’s Shortlist magazine as one of the UK’s most collectable emerging artists,

“It is only really in the past year that it has started to pick up and that is just out of chance, really. When one gets hold of your work, others get interested,” he said.

“Artists are quite nervous about galleries being judgemental, but nowadays they will make space for up-and-coming artists.

“I want to show that there are galleries that are approachable and will exhibit work. The show is about me coming home.”

Dan Pearce: Boy Done Good will run from May 27 to June 18 at Rare Interior Art, 249 Beckenham Road.

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