John Pearson is a Twin Cities native and graduate of the Minneapolis College of Art and Design (1975) where he studied graphic design, photography, drawing, and intaglio printmaking.
Upon graduation, Pearson’s work led him to northwestern Minnesota where he created a series of soft sculpture and stuffed animals for Lady Slipper Designs, a non-profit cottage industry. When he returned to Minneapolis-St. Paul he worked as a graphic designer, typographer, and art director.
In recent years Pearson renewed his interest in visual arts, first through digital photography and more recently through oil painting and printmaking. He joined the Highpoint co-op in May 2004 following a class in intaglio printmaking. His print “Birch” was accepted for the 2004 Minnesota State Fair exhibit. In November, 2006, a series of Pearson's photographs of prairie images was installed in Cafe Minnesota at the Minnesota History Center. Pearson's prints and paintings were included in a group show, "Memento Mundi," at the Bloomington Art Center in 2007. In 2008 he was part of a summer show at Vern Carver Beard Gallery in Minneapolis. In 2009 he and Earl Gutnik created Bark|Bark, a show of paintings, prints and assemblages at Swan Song Contemporary Arts in Maiden Rock, Wisc. More recently Pearson has been in group shows at Circa Gallery in Minneapolis where his photography was featured and he continues to produce mural work for the Minnesota History Center.
Pearson’s choice of subject matter reflects his abiding interest in natural history and the everyday built environment of alleys, side yards and commercial zones. He uses photography to capture images that are often finished works in their own right, but which also provide a foundation for further exploration in oil or intaglio.