Charles Pearce — born in England, living in Eureka Springs — combines calligraphy with paint "in a vain attempt to have calligraphic work more widely accepted by the fine art fraternity." So says the news release from the Laman Public Library, which opens a new exhibition, "The Painted Word: Calligraphic Paintings by Charles Pearce" today.
Pearce is the author of "The Little Manual of Calligraphy" and "The Anatomy of Letters," and is also a ceramicist.
As a print person with a (really ancient) background in art, I'm a fan of fonts, and how letters can express mood. But the reason the piece above ("Solitude") works for me — and it gets more interesting the more I look at it — is that the letters function as abstract form, marks across the picture plane.
When I think of calligraphy and art, and in fact this is something I've actually thought about, I think of former Arkansas State University professor and artist Evan Lindquist. His lines are calligraphic without being alphabetical. For example (more on the jump):
And Lindquist reminds me of Al Hirschfeld, the great New York caricaturist whose work in the New Yorker (and publicity for "My Fair Lady") will be remembered by readers of a certain age:
And I believe I've exhausted that subject for now. The Pearce show runs through March 13.