Date published: 13th September 2016
The new collection of work focuses on British aircraft in mixed media, from pencil drawings to painting, photography and modelling. A selection of other work by the artist is also on display.
Nigel Pearce was born in Hammersmith, London and moved to Norfolk in 1990. He is a serving Cromer District Councillor.
Nigel’s aeronautical fascination started at the age of four when he experienced the immense size and noise of a de Havilland Comet, the first commercial jetliner, flying low over his London home.
Following on from this experience, and supported by a three-year arts appreciation course, Nigel’s aim has always been to produce a lifetime collection of work that demonstrates his passion for flight and the strong aeronautical history associated with East Anglia. Nigel said: “East Anglia has links to the dawn of aviation that Britain has maintained to the modern day. Aircraft are beautifully manufactured by man and the models here also make them extremely interesting to even the casual observer.”
Nigel’s passion has also been expressed in his book Target Taranto, published in 2013, detailing a lesser-known Second World War air raid that potentially changed the shape of warfare.
Cllr Becky Palmer Cabinet Member for Leisure and Culture said: “This is a really interesting exhibition with very wide appeal. It’s great to be able to offer new or established artists a space to exhibit their works. It is often the boost they need to gain a wider audience or to develop their talents further.”
Flight+ runs 23 September to 22 November 2016 at the NNDC offices gallery in Holt Road, Cromer. The 1st Floor Gallery is open to the public Monday, Tuesday and Thursday 8.30am-5pm; Wednesday 10am-5pm; Friday 8.30am-4.30pm. NNDC seeks to offer free opportunities to local artists to display their work in the well-lit gallery and in turn provides staff and visitors to the building the opportunity to see a variety of different artists’ work. Currently six exhibitions are held annually.
Last updated: 26th September 2016