Lucas Pearson, along with roughly 4% of the population, has synesthesia. Listening to music, overhearing conversations, admiring buildings and materials are all activities that send symphonies of color running through his brain. Pearson’s work aims to capture some of these singular moments. His work allows the audience to take a moment of pause in a world that never stops spinning. For Pearson, there is something freeing in isolating one moment and focusing his energy into translating it to canvas.
After years of practicing photography and color correcting photos under the direction of professors at the Illinois Institute of Art, Pearson became acutely aware of the way color and contrast can affect the ambience of any situation. His investigation of line and form aided his existing skillset and helped hone his technique, giving him the tools necessary for conceptualizing any piece of art, regardless of medium.
After a few years of exploring new mediums including sound, sculpture, light, and painting, Pearson went back to further his education at the School of the Art Institute Chicago. There, he received a certificate in Interior Architecture and Design. Through his research he learned about the application of materials and how they affect a sense of space. By looking at master architects such as Courbousier, Ando, and Wright, he began to see how simple ideas can lead to complex thought. Pearson’s enrollment in the digital MOMA class on Abstract Expressionists - such as Pollock, Rothko, Newman, and Ryman - explored painting beyond color and texture. He learned what it was that makes these famous artist's works so insightful. It was through these endless hours of research pouring over the lifetimes of work of abstract expressionists and beyond that Lucas Pearson started to find his own voice.
Pearson will continue to capture these everyday moments that go unnoticed through the his use of minimalist technique, contemporary design, diverse scale, and variance of color. His art is accessible - that is, open to the masses who wish to experience art and understand its process of creation. This is not art for art’s sake. This is a refined technique brought to life through trial with errors only adding to Pearson’s inspiration. He wants his work remain open to interpretation so that the piece can evolve over time.