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Birmingham, England. 27 August 1943

Tettenhall College, Wolverhampton, Staffordshire, England. 1953-60
Leek School of Arts and Crafts, Staffordshire, England. 1960-62
Central School of Arts and Crafts, Holborn, London WC2, England. 1962-63
Camberwell School of Arts and Crafts, London SE5. England. 1963-65

General Certificate of Education
Ordinary Level:
English Language, English Literature, Art, Geography, Physics, French, Latin, Mathematics.
Advanced Level:
Writing and Illuminating and Lettering, Geography, French, Art.

National Diploma in Design (Master of Fine Arts Equivalent), 1965, Special Level in Writing & Illuminating & Lettering, and Lettercutting in Stone & Wood.

Fellow of the Society of Scribes and Illuminators, 1970

Artist in Residence, City of New York, 1980. (Only calligrapher ever granted this

Honorary Member:
Colleagues of Calligraphy, Minneapolis/St Paul, MN
Wisconsin Guild of Calligraphers, Madison, WI.
Australian Society for Calligraphy, Sydney, NSW, Australia.

Honorary Citizen of Tasmania


Decca Recording Company, Lambeth, London. 1965-66, designing record sleeves. and publicity material.
Marketing Orientated Sales Techniques, London W1. Designing advertising for smaller hi-tech and sign companies. 1966
Freelance. Satisfying the graphic and calligraphic needs of a wide variety of corporations. See Clients Served. 1966-91.
American Greetings. Design Consultant, Computer Coach in QuarkXpress, Adobe Illustrator, Aldus Freehand, Adobe Photoshop, Fractal Painter, Gold Disc Astound, Letraset FontStudio, Altsys Fontographer, etc. 1991-2000
Freelance, working on contract for American Greetings, and with other clients 2000-


In England:
British Petroleum, London. Designed and produced Visitors Book to be presented to HM Queen Elizabeth II on the occasion of the opening of the Forties Field.
Scicon Data Processing, Leighton Buzzard. Designed new logo and corporate brochure
Sadlers Wells Theatre, London. Designed lettering and some exhibits for the reopening of Sadlers Wells. Designed all posters and theatre literature for period of 3 years.
National Portrait Gallery, London. Designed lettering for show concerning members of the Royal Family.
British Museum, London. Designed lettering for show on the book arts at the British Library.
David Mellor Ltd., London. Designed and executed decorative lettering on 20 foot high stairwell at Sloane Square.
Duke of Edinburgh's Award Scheme, London. Assisted in the design of and hand lettered diplomas.
The Earl of Hardwicke. Designed, wrote and illuminated two poems on vellum.
The Library Association, London. Hand lettered their diplomas for a number of years.
The Royal Mint, London. Produced a number of designs for coins prior to the conversion to decimal currency.
Dartington Cider Press Centre, Devon. Designed and executed all signage lettering throughout the Centre. Designed most of the printed material for the Centre's publicity.
Dartington Pottery, Devon. Designed many exhibition announcements.
Cranks Health Foods, London. With Donald Jackson designed all of the corporate identity, signage and publicity material.
Craftwork Gallery, London & Guildford. Designed gallery logo and all exhibit announcements.
Longman Green, Harlow, Herts. Designed number of book jackets for textbooks.
Guinness, Ltd., London. Designed typeface based on previously designed lettering for Cranks Health Foods following its takeover by Guinness.
Ariel Plastics, Ware, Herts. Designed advertisements for trade and national publications.
Old Charm Furniture, Ware, Herts. Designed sales brochure.
Pitney-Bowes, Harlow, Herts. Designed and lettered employee retirement diplomas.
Ogilvy and Mather, London. Lettering under camera for TV commercials.
McCann Ericson, London. Lettering under camera for TV commercials.
Her Majesty's Crown Office at the House of Lords, London. Letters patent awarded by HM Queen Elizabeth II to new members of the Life Peerage.
Heal's Ltd, London. Designed special logo to be used on all products for the Queen's Silver Jubilee.
New Zealand Tourist Board. Designed and hand lettered map to be printed and used for publicity purposes.
Beefeater Gin, London. Designed and executed presentation address to be given to President Gerald R Ford.
Worshipful Company of Leathersellers, London. Hand lettered invitations to be sent out for special dinners at Leathersellers Hall.
Worshipful Company of Fishmongers, London. Hand lettered several addresses presented to various members of the Royal Family.
City of London Red Cross Society. Designed publicity brochures for fund-raising.
University of London. Hand inscribing of graduate diplomas.
Evette Cosmetics, Lavenham, Suffolk. Design of cosmetic packaging involving the production of highly complex cardboard engineering and mock-ups.

Pentalic Corporation, New York. Design of corporate logo and literature. Design of many products currently being marketed by Grumbacher.
Grumbacher, Cranbury, NJ. Cover design of Paper for Pencils.
RKO Century Warner, New York. Design of corporate identity, logo, and typeface for their exclusive use.
Karl Mann Associates, New York. Design of lettering for use in advertising.
Jack Lenor Larsen, New York. Design of logo and lettering for use in advertising.
Contemporary Books, Chicago. Design and lettering of titles for books on contemporary American life.
Leo Burnett Advertising, Chicago. Design and execution of Chinese calligraphic heading for use in Kellogg advertising.
Daheshi International, New York. Design and hand lettering of whole book for publication by the Lebanese organization.
New York Chamber of Commerce. Design and lettering for presentation address to Man of the Year.
Lincoln Center, New York. Concert advertising lettering.
New York State. Hand lettered award certificates.
Grand Central Galleries, New York. Signage for use throughout the galleries.
Frames Unlimited, New York. Logo design.
Taplinger Publishing, New York. Design of book jackets and calligraphic demonstrations.
Telarc International, Cleveland. Lettering and painting for use on CD covers.
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Children's calligraphic demonstrations.
F A O Schwartz, New York. Children's calligraphic demonstrations.
Steig Products, Newark, NJ. Lettering on several art products.
Cachet, Inc. Garfield, NJ. Logo design and lettering for several paper products.
Dirt Devil. Design of product logo for advertising purposes.
St Johns University, MN. Design of brochure and logo for Servi Textus symposium
Congoleum. Design of new corporate logo.
Stone Gardens. Logo design for the new assisted living center in Cleveland.

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Has taught and lectured widely throughout Europe, Australia and North America including:
In Europe -
London, Birmingham, Manchester, Ware, Monmouth and Hertford (in England), Wülfrath & Düsseldorf (in Germany), Saint-Raphael (in France).
In Australia -
Sydney, NSW; Melbourne, Victoria; Hobart, Tasmania; Adelaide, South Australia and Brisbane, Queensland.
In North America -
New York, Long Island, Larchmont and Nyack, NY, Hoboken, NJ, Philadelphia, PA, Miami, Orlando and Jacksonville, FL, Little Rock and Eureka Springs, AR, Pittsburgh, PA, Cleveland, Columbus and Cincinnati, OH, Detroit, MI, Chicago, IL Minneapolis/St. Paul and Collegeville, MN, St Mary City, MD, Denver, CO, Oklahoma City, OK, Los Angeles, Claremont and Santa Anita, CA, Norwalk and
New Canaan, CT, Boston, MA, Madison, WI, Ottawa, ONT, Toronto, ONT, Montreal, QUE.


Calligraphy, The Art Of Fine Writing (1975.) Published by Cumberland Graphics division of British Pens as part of the Penstyle Calligraphy Set.
Lettering, The Art Of Calligraphy (1978). Published by Platignum as part of their Lettering Set.
Italic Writing (1979). Published by Platignum as part of their Italic Handwriting Set.
A Young Person's Guide to Calligraphy (1980). Published by Pentalic as part of A Young Person's Calligraphy Starter Set.
A Little Manual of Calligraphy (1981). Published by Wm. Collins (worldwide) and Taplinger (USA).
A Calligraphy Manual for the Beginner (1981). Published by Pentalic as part of the Pentalic Introductory Calligraphy Course.
The Calligraphy Sampler (1985). Published by Wm. Collins.
The Anatomy of Letters (1987). Published by Taplinger.

His work is also well represented in books such as:
Calligraphy Today, Modern Scribes and Lettering Artists I & II, Calligraphy.


One Man Shows:
1986 New School Gallery, New York City.
1990 Fedano's Gallery, New York City
1996 Servi Textus, St Johns University, Collegeville, MN

Group Shows:
1970 British Crafts Centre, London, UK
1972 British Crafts Centre, London, UK
Foyle's Bookstore, London, UK
1973 British Crafts Centre, London
1976 British Crafts Centre, London
Liberty of London, UK
Victoria and Albert Museum, London
1978 British Crafts Centre, London
Northern Crafts Centre, Manchester, UK
Silvermine Guild of Artists, New Canaan, CT
Donnell Library, New York City
Harmonious Arts Foundation, New York City (curator)
1980 Northern Crafts Centre, Manchester, UK
Master Eagle Gallery, New York City
St John's University, Collegeville, MN
1984 British Crafts Centre, London
Northern Crafts Centre, Manchester, UK
1985 Bolton College of Art, UK
St John's University, Collegeville, MN
University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN
1986 Master Eagle Gallery, New York City
Scripps College Gallery, Claremont, CA
1987 Stevens Institute of Technology, Hoboken, NJ
Stanton Library, North Sydney, Australia
1988 Stanton Library, North Sydney, Australia
1989- Kalligraphia (travelling exhibit) to Moscow, USSR, Minsk,
1990 USSR, Kiev, USSR, New York City, United Nations, San Francisco, CA
1992 Line, Letter and Image (travelling exhibit) to Oklahoma City, OK,
Washington, DC, San Francisco, CA, Midland, MI, Dallas, TX,
New York, NY, St John's University, Collegeville, MN
1991 AG Spring Fine Art Show (Juror's Award), Cleveland, OH
1993 AG Spring Fine Art Show, Cleveland, OH
1995 Faculty Exhibit of Letterforum: The Great Escape, St Marys City, MD
1996 Servi Textus, St Johns University, Collegeville, MN
1996 Textus, Frederick R. Weisman Gallery, University of Minnesota,
Minneapolis, MN.
1998 Celebrating American Poetry, Frye Museum, Seattle, WA
1999 Twentieth Century Calligraphy, AIGA Gallery, New York, NY
2001 Two man show with Mark Mueller, American Greetings Gallery
Cleveland, OH
2001 Cleveland Biennial Juried Art Show, Cleveland State University Gallery
Cleveland, OH

As a freelance designer in New York, Mr. Pearce was much involved in product development for the Pentalic Corporation, working on such products as Paper for Pens, Paper for Pencils, Meridian Paper and Westport Watercolor Paper.


He also has extensive experience in radio and television having been interviewed in both media around the world. He has worked under camera on many commercials on both sides of the Atlantic working for such products as Papermate, Parker Pens, Flair/Tempo Pens, Schaeffer Pens, Dunlop Rubber and Tire Company, etc.

He was heavily involved with the design and presentation for Servi Textus: Servants of the Text, a major exhibit and symposium held at St Johns University in Minnesota in 1996.

Having left American Greetings, he is now able to turn his attention a little more to his calligraphic paintings.