John Moores Painting Prize, Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool 2018 Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, Piccadilly, London 2015, 2016, 2017, 2019 London Art Fair, Islington 2011-2016 "Accidental Genius" Milwaukee Art Museum, USA 2012 Marion Harris Gallery, New York 2002, 2005 Outsider Art Fair, New York 2002-2006
“It is not often that a contemporary artist stops you in your tracks, roots you to the spot and draws you into their work with just the briefest of viewings. In a turbulent world, Pearce's work comes as a breath of fresh air in its directness and honesty. Any devotee of Kettle's Yard will feel an immediate connection to Pearce's work: its simplicity and spontaneity, its balance and use of space and the subtlety of the mark making all evoke the spirit of Nicholson, Hilton, Heron and Frost. His new work is fresh, light and full of real character in the finest traditions of the St Ives School and yet at the same time it is truly owned by the artist. This recent work also draws deep into the landscape tradition of Modern British Painting with a limited palette, both enhancing and deepening the mood. Pearce's work is testament to his standing as an increasingly important figure in contemporary art”
Ashley Gray, director of Gray MCA, recognised as being an international leader in the field of art and fashion.
“A Bend in the Road” was selected by Sebastian Faulks (author) as one of his favourite paintings in the RA Summer Exhibition 2015...
"This is a painting by David Pearce called A Bend in the Road and it’s obviously primitive – childlike, you could say. It looks as though these white cottages are possibly in Orkney or Shetland, somewhere like that: lowly crofter’s dwellings. It brings to mind people like Alfred Wallace, or other well-known Primitive artists. It has beautiful colours in it. I don’t think the Primitive style works for every subject: sometimes it’s awkward. But I think in this case the style and subject matter, with the old telegraph poles in the background, are beautifully brought together. It has a lovely composition. It’s something you could have at home for a long, long time and never tire of." Sebastian Faulks