Joseph Pearson is a classically trained,
award-winning visual artist.
"Inspired by the subject matter that unites our humanity, I am interested in telling the story of the "Everyman", painting people as portraits and figures in oil, charcoal and pastel pencil. I draw from many directions, including scenes from the streets, issues in the news, and subject matter I have read about regarding current social trends. My work embraces the concept of social realism by drawing attention to everyday conditions. I am interested in the transformative energy of art to heal social ills. No conversation is more worth having than that which addresses to some degree the
condition of our fellow man."
This Spring, up to 12 youth of color will gather on 5 Friday afternoons at the Edington Center, located in the
historically Black Southside Community in Asheville, to write prose or poetry in response to the social justice focused paintings of Joseph Pearson. The workshops will be facilitated by local writers, Indy Srinath and Devin Jones, and will be free of charge.