Tessa Pearson

I am passionate about colour, and see the world as a myriad of pattern and captivating images. I marvel at patches of brilliant yellow in a dramatic patchwork green landscape, and the glimpse of a violet pot against a cobalt blue wall will haunt me.

Gardens are living paintings and have been the constant inspiration I return to many times.

Colour, textures, shapes intrigue and entrance. Sketchbooks with swathes of colour and exuberant drawing attempt to capture sensations which recalled then gradually evolve into more considered and thoughtfully placed images with which I try to express the impact of the moment and my response. I work in series to explore and revisit a theme many times, both with watercolour and mixed media on paper, and oil on paper monoprints, richly textured with elements of collage, hand painting and woodblock printed imagery.


  • 1979   Royal College of Art MDes RCA Printed Textiles
  • 1976   West Surrey College of Art & Design BA(Hons)First Class Printed Textiles.
  • 1973   St.Albans School of Art Foundation

Tessa Pearson studied Printed Textile design at UCA Farnham and the Royal College of Art, where she won the Courtaulds Prize and was commissioned by Liberty of London to produce a collection of printed silks. As Tessa Lambert she opened her own print studio and gallery in London and successfully sold her distinctive hand painted silks around the world.

Since 2000 Tessa’s professional practise has centred on her continuing passion for colour and pattern, using printmaking and mixed media as her preferred medium. She is chairman of the Fountain Gallery, an artist co-operative gallery at Hampton Court, Surrey.

Tessa has been a visiting lecturer in printed textiles at Loughborough and St.Martins College of Art, UCA Farnham and the London College of Fashion. She is currently working as a part time tutor in painting, and is a visiting printmaking tutor at Ochre Print Studios.

Voted Surrey Artist of the Year 2012-13


  • Solo show New Ashgate Gallery Farnham Surrey (2014)
  • Solo show Galerie Furwahr Walldurn Germany (2014)
  • AAF Hong Kong with Turner Barnes Gallery (2014)
  • AAF Hampstead with i-Contemporary (2014)
  • Printfest Ulverston Cumbria (2014)
  • Solo show Oil and Water Gallery London SW1 (2014)
  • AAF Battersea with Turner Barnes Gallery (2014)
  • Solo show Fountain Gallery Hampton Court (2014)
  • ‘That Summer Feeling’ Turner Barnes Gallery Essex (2013)
  • ‘Print Show’ Duckett and Jeffreys Gallery Yorkshire July- Sept 13
  • AAF Hampstead with Nix Contemporary 2010-13
  • Printfest Ulverston, Cumbria 2009-13
  • Brighton Art Fair 2011/12/13/14
  • Palace Art Fair London SW6 2011-12
  • Landmark Art Fair Teddington 2007/9/10/11/13
  • Bourneside Gallery Dorking 2011/12
  • New Ashgate Gallery, Farnham June 2011 /October 2012
  • Solo Shows Fountain Gallery Hampton Court 2008-13
  • Hackwood Art Festival June 2011
  • Richmond Printmakers@20 Stables Gallery March 2011
  • Ochre Open Print show Lewis Elton Gallery Nov 2010
  • Pushing Print   Margate Oct 2010
  • SW1 Gallery London November 2009 Ochre Print Studio
  • Richmond Printmakers@20 Stables Gallery March 2011
  • SW1 Gallery London November 2009 Ochre Print Studio SW1 Gallery
  • IMPACT Show, Spike Island Bristol August 2009
  • Royal West of England Academy Open Print show 2009
  • National Print Festival ‘Impress’ Stroud March 2009
  • Surrey Contemporary Open Lightbox Woking 2008

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