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I am human and nothing of that which is human is alien to me—Terrance
Art does not show people what to do, yet engaging with a good work of art can connect us to our senses, body, and mind. It can make the world felt. And this felt feeling may spur thinking, engagement, and even action.
I want my art to do just that, touch emotions and provoke thought and conversation.
On the whole my work leans toward social/ political issues. However, I also paint murals, nudes and am a printmaker.
I believe that one of the major responsibilities of artists is to help people not only get to know and understand something with their minds and eyes but also to feel it emotionally and physically. By doing this, art can mitigate the numbing effect created by the glut of information and thirty second sound bites we are faced with today, and motivate people to turn thinking into doing.
Joseph Anthony Pearson was born in South Mississippi. He graduated Jackson State University in 1969 with the B.S. degree in art Education. After a year of teaching in the Mississippi public school system he left Mississippi to attend the Art Students League of NY. He was awarded a full scholarship his second year and trained there for 5 years studying drawing and painting. After leaving the Art Students league he joined the army as an illustrator to gain experience in his field. After 3 years in the Army he returned to Mississippi and began work at Stennis Space Center as an Illustrator. While at Stennis, he continued to hone his craft as a painter and build his resume through Regional, National and International competitions and grants.
He earned the Master of Education from William Carey College, Gulfport, Ms in 1994. He has a daughter by his first marriage and a very talented teenage granddaughter. He and his second wife moved to Asheville, (her birth place) in June 2015.
Joseph has been a resident artist at The Pink Dog Studios in the River Arts District since moving to Asheville.