Tessa Pearson studied Printed Textile design at UCCA 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 handpainted silks around the world.
Since 2000 Tessa’s professional practise has centred on her continuing passion for colour and pattern, using printmaking and watercolour with mixed media and as her preferred medium, embracing the element of unpredictability and intuitive mark making.
Tessa works in series, exploring and revisiting a theme many times. Her bold abstract monotypes are often combined with collagraphs and elements of etchings with chin -colle. Oil based etching inks are rolled thinly onto acetate sheets, and the image is created by wiping, brushing and drawing into the inks before paper is laid gently over and the plate is passed through the press. Many layers are built up, resulting in rich luminous colour and texture. Tessa often completes a print by adding a final layer of thick unguous ink, producing an excitingly tactile surface quality. Recently Tessa has also been painting large watercolour and mixed media works on paper, inspired by garden environments.
“In my work I try to express the physical impact I experience when I react passionately to a glimpse of a violet pot on a cobalt blue wall in a magical exotic garden, or a lozenge of acid green flashing from a patchwork Devon landscape