John Pearson

(Boroughbridge, Yorkshire, England, 1940 - )

SLG3: Oscillation/Fluctuation Series


Acrylic on canvas

72 x 32 in. (182.9 x 81.3 cm)

Collection of the Akron Art Museum

Museum Acquisition Fund


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John Pearson’s precise, systematic experiments with geometric forms and unmodulated color in a wide variety of media have earned him recognition as a key figure in the arts of Northeast Ohio and beyond. His major influences include Sol LeWitt, who used mathematical systems to create art, and abstract painters Morris Louis and Gene Davis, who were also masters of color. In the past decade, Pearson has focused increasingly on an intuitive, though disciplined and rigorous, working method that centers on his explorations of color relationships. This painting’s s-shaped canvas and vertical stripes following its contours are common among works from the artist’s Oscillations/Fluctuations series. SLG3 offers a muted combination of colors with its rust brown and gray background, punctuated by a vivid blue oval that only just touches the edges of the canvas, creating visual tension within the composition.