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Dion Pears 1929 - 1985


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#1 moffspeed

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Posted 09 April 2019 - 12:15

I have no idea what stirred the inner recesses of my mind and re-awoke me to the works of Dion Pears. Like most of us (I suspect) the walls of my flats/houses have been obscured over the years by the photographic images of Klemantaski, Rowe, Eves et al and the artistic works of de la Maria, Fearnley, Turner etc.

 

One artist that has never had the dubious honour to hang in my personal gallery is Dion Pears. His works were never "quite right", too simplistic and never gave that all-important impression of speed and authenticity, bluntly - 12th birthday card art.

 

I'm sure that this is besmirching his memory and doing him an injustice. Looking at his work today it has aged well, perhaps Worthing's answer to Geo Ham. Not too much comes up on the 'net, I always understood that he suffered with agoraphobia so most of his art was drawn from his mind rather than trackside experience. One explanation given is that, despite being house-bound in his later years (and he died young), he would take a photographic backdrop of a circuit and the (car) subject of the work would be wheeled into his front garden for him to capture the detail. Seems unlikely to me, conjures up images of a Chaparral 2F being man-handled into the front garden of a modest South Coast bungalow whilst he finishes off the Paddock Hill bend backdrop on canvas - and the neighbours' curtains twitching...

 

Do we know anything more about the man ? 

 

 



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#2 Bloggsworth

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Posted 09 April 2019 - 15:53

$2,000 for a Bentley picture is not to be sneezed at...



#3 Doug Nye

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Posted 10 April 2019 - 16:47

Especially for one essentially as badly drawn as much of Dion Pears's work - regrettably - was...  And I speak as a longtime owner of a couple of his works - depicting a D-Type at Le Mans - and a Supermarine Spitfire in mid-roll.  He seldom seemed to get things quite right, but still his work retains a certain charm...yet not a patch on that of perhaps less hasty/more capable stars'...

 

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#4 moffspeed

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Posted 11 April 2019 - 10:23

Yes, I think charm is the kindest word here. Some of his earlier charcoal works (typically racing Bentleys) really are characterful but the moment he tried to capture the lines of a 1960's F1 car disaster seemed to strike.

 

His aviation and maritime art seemed to be of a better quality and, significantly,  his grandfather Charles Pears was a noted marine artist. If you take a look at Chas' superb work you will realise that it was in a totally different league (forgive the pun.).



#5 Doug Nye

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Posted 11 April 2019 - 21:49

Indeed it was...

 

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