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Ben Pearce

An award-winning contemporary artist based in Hawke’s Bay, NZ.

Pearce nurtured his passion for art throughout childhood. With the support of his family, he always had different materials to play around with and piece together. This passion led him to secure a Bachelor of Fine Arts in 2003, after studying at Whang­anui Quay School of Fine Arts and majoring in Sculpture.

Since his studies, Pearce has regula­rly exhibited work across Aotearoa and Australia. He has won multiple awards, including the 2014 Moly Morpeth Canaday Award for his work Mergar and the 2016 Number 8 Wire Award for Stone Age Eight Gauge. Warwick Brown, a renowned kiwi art collector, also selected Pearce to feature in his collector’s guide, ‘Seen this Century’.

As an artist, something that’s often fascinated Pearce is memory, particularly in relation to childhood. From this interest, he seeks to create using shapes, colours, and materials common among youth (such as origami animals) to spark deeper connections between art and the viewer.

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