Matt Pearce In The Spotlight

The circus is coming to King Street Gallery, Carmarthen in August with a ‘Spotlight’ exhibition by Matt Pearce. The show will feature the tattooed lady, the fortune teller, the lovesick pierrot and many more circus and sideshow characters who were so popular in the heyday of the big top.

“I’m really interested in the characters and artists from the circus from the early-to-mid Twentieth Century period,” Matt comments. “I tend to paint individuals captured at moments when they are not aware that anyone is looking at them. I’m fascinated by the circus artists, and how their performance and role can be in contrast with their inner life.”

The exhibition will feature a selection of Matt’s paintings, which are often vibrant and colourful, which often combine images with words, and which employ mixed media.

“I hope the exhibition will bring a splash of colour to the Gallery,” Matt added. “And I hope that visitors enjoy the stories and personas I present.”

Matt Pearce was raised in West Wales and has a background in publishing and public affairs. Matt studied English Literature at Cardiff University and then The University of Wales, before studying Art History at Aberystwyth University and fine art at The Open College of the Arts.

‘Spotlight’ exhibitions at King Street Gallery bring the work of an individual artist’s work together in a specially designated small exhibition room to enable a greater focus on their particular art and what lies behind it. 

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