Bio

Ron Pearce profile

 
     A resident of London, Ontario, Ron Pearce is a self-taught sculptor who began carving as a hobby in 1985. It didn't take long for his hobby to grow into a career. He has experimented with a variety of subjects including small animals, wildfowl, and caricatures, but he is best known for his western-themed, human busts. These dramatic carvings have won numerous awards, including many "Best of Show" honours and the "Best of Masters" award in the 23rd International O.W.C.A. Carving Competition, Toronto, Canada. His pieces have been published in carving magazines with world wide distribution and are included in private and corporate collections in Canada, the United States, Germany, Scotland, New Zealand and China.
 
     Ron finds the human figure of particular interest because of the opportunity to develop the character as a piece progresses. Deep creases in the weathered skin of a native elder, or the smooth texture of a leather glove--- Ron has become adept at breathing life into a piece of wood.
 
     From 2004 to 2009 Ron added snow to his list of mediums. Twenty ton blocks, some twelve feet high posed different challenges. Larger tools, many homemade were developed through trial and error. Carving snow is a science. Everything based on weather conditions. Ron spent a good majority of the winter travelling as part of a team representing Ontario and Canada. Winning numerous awards along the way. He retired from snow carving at the end of the 09 season to focus on his other mediums.
 
     In 09 Ron started to introduce his drawings and bronzes to his clients and shows. The drawings, mainly pencil or coloured pencil include landscapes and some portraits. Showing that Ron is not only a sculptor but a flat artist as well.
 
     Ron has shown he can be very versatile when it comes to sculpting. Using a negative approach while carving wood, stone and snow where the material is removed requires a great deal of discipline. No mistakes. A bronze takes a positive approach. A medium, usually clay is built up adding as you go. This demands a different skill and Ron has shown he is a master at both.
 
 
 
 
Bibliography
     
     Chip Chats Woodcarving Magazine                                1998
     Chip Chats Woodcarving Magazine                                2002
     Canadian Woodworking Magazine                                  2002
     Lee Valley Woodworking Tool Catalogue (cover)          2003
     Lakefield Herald Newspaper (cover)                               2003
     Lakefield Herald Newspaper                                            2004
     Sarnia Ontario Travel Guide                                             2006
     Calgary Herald Newspaper                                              2007
     OLN TV Interview                                                               2007
     Whithorse Star (Yukon)                                                     2008
     Denver TV Interview                                                           2008
     Denver TV Interview                                                           2009
     Canadian Cowboy Country Magazine                             2011
 
Awards
 
      Wood Carving
 
     Mar 98   Best of Show   Kitchener On.
     Sep 98   People's Choice   London On.
     Nov 98   Best of Show   Brantford On.
     Nov 99   2nd Best of Show   Brantford On.
     Feb 00   Best of Show   London On.
     Mar 00   2nd Best of Show   Kitchener On.
     Oct 01   Best of Show   Woodstock On.
     Oct 01   3rd Best of Show   Kingsville On.
     Feb 02   3rd Best of Show   London On.
     Mar 02   3rd Best of Show   Kitchener On.
     Oct 02   Best of Masters   International Carving Competition   Toronto On.
     Jan 03   2nd Best of Masters   Hamilton On.
     Feb 03   2nd Best of Show   London On.
     Mar 03   2nd Professional   Kitchener On.
     Oct 04   3rd Best of Masters   International Carving Competition   Toronto On.
 
     Snow Carving
 
     Jan 05   People's Choice   Sarnia On.
     Feb 05   1st Place   Whitehorse Yukon
     Jan 06   Honourable Mention   Breckenridge Colorado
     Feb 06   2nd Place   Whitehorse Yukon
     Jan 07   3rd Place, Artist Choice   Breckenridge Colorado
     Feb 07   1st Place   Whitehorse Yukon
     Jan 08   Kids Choice   Breckenridge Colorado
 
Exhibitions
 
     Jun 02   1 Month Solo   Innuit Gallery   London On.
     Sep 05   Carving Demo   Carving Gallery   Moore Falls On.
     Nov 05   Feature Carver   Toronto Woodworking Show   Toronto On.
     Jul 06   Western Showcase   Calgary Stampede   Calgary Al.
     Jul 07   Western Showcase   Calgary Stampede   Calgary Al.
     Jul 08   Western Showcase   Calgary Stampede   Calgary Al.
     May 10   7 Weeks Innuit Gallery   London On.
     Jul 10   Western Showcase   Calgary Stampede   Calgary Al.
     Aug 10   Carving Demo   Carving Gallery   Moore Falls On.
     Jul 11   Western Showcase   Calgary Stampede   Calgary Al.
     Oct 11 Carving Demo   Carving Gallery   Moore Falls On.
     Nov 11   1 Month Feature Artist   Amsterdam Whitney Gallery   Chelsea New York City
     Feb 12   Feature Artist   McMichael Gallery   Kleinburg On.
 
Collections
 
     One piece is in the Hyatt Hotel in Calgary Alberta.
     Many pieces in private collections in Canada, United States, Germany, Scotland, New Zealand and China.
 
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