Jemma Pearson’s fascination with the animal kingdom stemmed from the luck of a childhood growing up in the beautiful hills of Galloway in southwest Scotland, with its wonderful quality of light and abundant wild life. If she was not swaying around in the tops of trees, she was swimming in local waterfalls with migrating eels.
Visits to a local privately owned collection of sculptures - including some by Rodin, Epstein and Moore – sparked her enthusiasm for sculpture. An early invitation to meet Henry Moore at his busy working studio confirmed her determination to become a professional sculptor.
Jemma Pearson trained at the City and Guilds of London Art School and there developed her largely traditional and figurative approach. She travelled on a scholarship to Rome and won the Madame Tussaud’s Sculpture Prize.
Jemma Pearson has had a steady flow of public and private commissions both animal and human, and has a growing reputation for her dedicated research. She is an artist who takes delight in the inclusion of observed detail in her portrait pieces. An example of this with powerful results is her over life size statue of Charles Darwin for Shrewsbury School where the young strident Darwin
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