British painter brings angels and magicians to Birmingham

Stephen Smith Fine Art, 5104 Gary Avenue • Fairfield, AL 35064

Opens Nov. 3 2017


Unveiling The “Secret Paintings”


Artist Michael Pearce’s “The Secret Paintings” will be on view at Stephen Smith Fine Art in Fairfield from November 3 until January 6. The gallery is located at 5104 Gary Avenue.


Enormous paintings by Michael Pearce tour the United States, from California to Birmingham. Michael Pearce says, “I’m so excited about these paintings coming to Birmingham. I can’t wait to visit the state where the civil rights movement started and to see the beauty of the Appalachian Mountains.”


“In a strange way, I feel like the paintings are coming home.”


Curator Stephen Smith says, “Filled with symbolism from Christianity, Freemasonry, Tarot cards, and mysticism, these large scale paintings must be seen in person to understand their majesty of presence. Technical ability combined with imagination and scholarship form the vision in these works that will appeal to art lovers of all levels of experience.”


The Oklahoman raves about “one forceful image, [where] the precarious nature of “Justice” is personified by a blindfolded woman in a white robe, standing on a golden circle over cracking ice, with pricked and bleeding hands and a long sword on her back.”


Pearce grew up in the countryside of Wiltshire, England and has a deep interest in the old traditions and ancient sites of Britain, having grown up near Stonehenge. He frequently uses ancient Celtic monuments and settings in his art, including Sillbury Hill and the Ridgeway.


Stephen Smith Fine Art will witness the breathtaking scenes of Michael Pearce’s The Secret Paintings, a series of twenty-six large canvases, recalling Renaissance and Pre-Raphaelite masters in their ambitiousness, complexity, and scale, and in their theatrical grandeur. In Pearce’s latest spectacular four-panel painting, Chariot, which spans thirty-two feet, a circle of beautiful girls parade in a jubilant celebration of the sun. The ambitious show includes spectacular paintings of the baptism of Christ, brilliant angels appearing at a scene of transfiguration, and a Masonic traveler at the beginning of his initiatory journey.


Pearce uses the ancient imagery and traditions of his British ancestors, introducing them into magical settings starring beautiful women and handsome men. The paintings pay homage to diverse cultural landmarks including the Bible, the Da Vinci Code and medieval symbolism.


Pearce’s paintings are optimistic, beautiful and democratic and designed to appeal to an American audience.


He is a popular and influential leader of the international representational art community. Pearce co-founded TRAC (The Representational Art Conference), bringing artistic heavy-hitters such as Odd Nerdrum and Roger Scruton to California to meet their American peers.


Pearce has been featured in Juxtapoz, Fine Art Connoisseur, art ltd., Beautiful Bizarre, and KCET Artbound. Fine Art Connoisseur describes his work as “magnificent” and “outstanding.” Juxtapoz calls it “beautiful,” while Beautiful Bizarre describes the, “magical worlds revealed within his impeccable, mysterious paintings.” KCET says the paintings are “…massive, mythical, and brimming with allegorical subtext…” The Oklahoman says the show is “forceful,” “ambitious,” “eye-catching,” and “highly recommended.”



For more information and pictures, e-mail Harold Muliadi at or call (805) 660-1386.