Carrie Pearce was born in Peoria, IL in 1969. She has been drawing and painting as long as she can remember. Her earliest memories include a Walt Disney light-up table and asking her mom to draw her pictures as she described them to her. Carrie's first major inspiration came from Ann Adams, an artist who drew with a pencil between her teeth. At the age of 6, Carrie was amazed at her ability, and tried to duplicated her drawings with and without pencil in her teeth. Carrie attended the Savannah College of Art and Design, Savannah, Georgia where she graduated with honors. In 2007, Upon seeing DaVinci’s portrait of Ginevra de’ Benci, she declared, “I want to paint like that”. Her paintings can be described as imaginary realism. Although dedicated to the 16th Century techniques of the Masters, she also finds room for the occasional scribble, inspired by children’s drawings. Pearce describes her work as emotional portraits rather than portraits of people. The people are inspired by turn of the century photos that she finds at antique stores and estate sales.
Carrie's work has been featured both nationally and internationally. She is a "Living Artist" with the Art Renewal Center, a website dedicated to revival of realism in fine art. Her work has been featured in Fine Art Connoisseur, "When artists paint themselves".
Visits to her studio in Peoria, Illinois are welcome. Contact Carrie@carriepearce.com for an appointment.
Savannah College of Art and Design
Bachelor of Fine Arts, 1991 cum laude
Presidential Scholarship 1989-1991
2018 Sweet Nothings, Exhibit A Gallery, Peoria, IL
2018 The New Romantics, Cory Helford Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
2018 Surrealism group show, Blue Rain Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
2018 Visions of Venus, Zhou b Art Center, Chicago
2018 La Art Fair, Simard Bilodeau Contemporary
2017 Affordable Art Fair London, Decorazon Gallery
2017 Affordable Art Fair Stockholm, Decorazon Gallery
2017 Affordable art Fair New York, Decorazon Gallery
2017 Emergance, Peoria River front Museum, Peoria, Il
2017 Art Palm Springs, Palm Springs, California
2016 Aqua Art Miami, Miami, Fl
2016 Sacred and Profane, Signature Galley, Atlanta, Ga
2016 Phantasmagoria, OKAY Spark Gallery, Norfolk, Va.
2015 Playthings, Exhibit A Gallery, Peoria, IL
2014 Pearce Pearce, Exhibit A Gallery, Peoria, Il
2014 Among Roses, Argazzi Art, Lakeville, CT
2014 Arc International Salon Finalist. www.artrenewal.com
August 29, 2013 - October 6, 2013, “Unbridled”, Argazzi Art, Lakeville, CT
2013 Arc International Salon Finalist, www.artrenewal.com
2013 Art Kudos Finalist, International Competition, www.artkudos.com
2012 Arc International Salon Finalist
June 2012, ongoing, Arc Living Artist, website presence
October 2012-March2013, “Ciao and Friends Invitational”, Peoria Riverfront Museum
October 2012-November 2012 “Vernissage”, Prairie Center for the Arts
September 2012 Peoria Fine art Fair, Award of Excellence
February 2012-April 2012 “Curious Children”, Argazzi Art, Lakeville, CT
May 2011 “New Works, Carrie Pearce”, Argazzi Art, Lakeville, CT
October 2010 “Speechless”, Eureka College, Eureka, IL
Maison Faurie, 115 A East Plaza, Taos, New Mexico
September 2010, 48th annual Peoria Art Guild, Fine Art Fair, Award of Excellence
August 2010-August 2011 “Art Kudos”, International online competition,
June 2010 “Junction City Art Show”, Peoria, Il. Second Place
August-November 2009 Ann Nathan Gallery, Chicago, Il
October 2009 Lincoln Show, Peoria art Guild, Peoria, Il
July 2009 “Members only” Peoria Art Guild, Peoria, Il, First Place
June 2009, Vagnhall Gallery, Bishop Hill, Il.
November 2008, “Pet Portraits”, Peoria Art Guild, Peoria, Il
September 2008, “Drawn Together”, Contemporary Art Center, Peoria, Il.
July 2007, “Rhapsody in Bloom”, Luthy Botanical Gardens, Peoria, Il
1996-1999 City Market Arts Center, Savannah, Ga.
1996-1999 Arts on the River, Savannah, Ga.
1996 St. Simon’s by the sea, St. Simon’s Island, Ga.
2017, American Art Collector, Figurative Focus, Collection of Steven Bennett and Dr. Elaine Melotti Schmidt
2014, "When Artists Paint Themselves", March/April, Fine Art Connoisseur
2013, "Carrie Pearce's portraits reveal the horses' personalities", by Carola Lott, The Millbrook Independent
2013, "Unbridled Works", by Leon Graham, The Lakeville Journal
2012, “After The Opening” October, Inter Business Issues, Peoria, IL
2012 “Art Lives in Central Illinois” Arts Partners of Central Illinois
2012 “A Passion for Art” March, Numero , Peoria, IL
2011 “Art That’s Strange And Strangely Beautiful” May 26, The Lakeville Journal
2010 “Pearce and Pearce” September, Peoria Journal Star
2010 “ Why are We Scared of Ugly” September, Boulder Daily Camera
2010 “Timber to Table Top” Arts and Society”, January
2009 “Members only” Peoria Journal Star, July
2007 “Blended Palettes” Peoria Journal Star, September
2005, Jubilee Advocate, February
2004, “Art from the Heart” Peoria Journal Star, February
1999, Savannah Literary Journal
1998, WTOC News Channel, Savannah, Ga., May
1998 Savannah Magazine, May/June
1997 Coastal Arts and Antiques, January
1996, The Georgia Guardian, September
1996 Coastal Arts and Antiques, September
2017 Award of Excellence, Winter Park, FL
2017 Best in Show, Hot Works, Asheville, SC
2014 Finalist ARC International Salon
2013 Finalist ARC International Salon
2013 Award of Excellence, Peoria Art Guild
2012 Finalist ARC International Salon
2012 Award of Excellence, Peoria Art Guild
2011 Award of Excellence, Peoria Art Guild
2010 Award of Excellence, Peoria Art Guild
2010 Second Place, “Junction City Art Show” Peoria, IL Judge Preston Jackson
2009 First Place, “Members Only” Peoria Art Guild, Peoria, IL
2007 Third Place, “Rhapsody in Bloom” Luthy Botanical Gardens, Peoria, Il.
1996 Honorable Mention, “St. Simon’s by the Sea” St. Simon’s Is., Ga
1987 Congressional Art Award, First Place