Josh Pearson is a Tampa-based artist born in 1979. Raised in a small town in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan,
he collected random objects throughout his childhood and dismantled them constantly to create what he called
“inventions”. At seventeen he began exhibiting his
paintings and working for tattoo artists sketching custom pieces.
Josh continued to arrange objects and construct
“inventions” going so far as to shift the plates and cups at the dinner table into different compositions every time he sat down. Soon, this obsession would find it’s way into his artwork. He started incorporating colorful collages of
magazine clippings after running out of supplies in the middle of a painting, and the tattoo imagery began creeping into his paintings by combining his ink drawings with the collages.
What started out as a means to an end has become the
practical approach to everything he does today. Creating something new using only discarded scraps forces him to face limitations of the material and think around them.
This alphabet of creatures was derived with the same
philosophy. By examining the ordinary objects we
encounter everyday, we may discover the hidden
characters inside of them. We can choose to ignore our sometimes ugly urban environment or embrace it and see its potential.