Nick Pearson explores the work of 3 Surrealist Artists

Nick Pearson

20 Jun - 4 Jul

OPEN Ealing Arts Centre W5 2TD

£10 inc refreshments

Class details

Nick Pearson explores the work of three important Surrealist Artists in the next trio of art history lectures. We Look forward to seeing you.


6.30 – 8.30pm

20 June : Joan Miró

27 June : Salvador Dalí

4 July : René Magritte

£10 per person including light refreshments

The Surrealists followed Sigmund Freud’s theories of the subconscious. They searched for the uncanny and ‘the marvellous’ behind the everyday world and tried to free the inner imaginative world of the id. They also tried to avoid the superego’s – and society’s – censorship. There were a number of ways they tried to do this:

  • trying to find a spark of poetry in the juxtaposition of unexpected things
  • turning their backs on the rational and recreating in written and painted images, the logic of the dream
  • taking away as much conscious control as possible

The Spaniards Joan Miró and Salvador Dalí and the Belgian René Magritte were three of the most important of the Parisian Surrealist painters in the 1920s, 30s and beyond.

Join Nick Pearson for an in-depth look at their intelligently irrational ideas and marvel at their precicely illogical paintings.

20 June : Joan Miró

born 20 April 1893 in Barcelona, Spain

died 25 December 1983 in Palma, Majorca

Miro was a Catalan painter who combined abstract art with Surrealist fantasy. His mature style evolved from the tension between his fanciful, poetic impulse and his vision of the harshness of modern life. He worked extensively in lithography and produced numerous murals, tapestries, and sculptures for public spaces.

Joan Miro; Nocturne 1940

27 June : Salvador Dalí

born 11 May 11 1904 in Figueras, Spain

died 23 January 23 1989 in Figueras

Dali was a Spanish Surrealist painter and printmaker, influential for his explorations of subconscious imagery.

Salvador Dali; The Persistence of Memory 1931

4 July : René Magritte

born 21 November 21 1898 in Lessines, Belgium

died 15 August 15 1967 in Brussels

Magritte was one of the most prominent Surrealist painters. His bizarre flights of fancy blended horror, peril, comedy, and mystery.

Rene Magritte; The Lovers 1928

Don’t worry about taking notes, after each lecture Nick emails you a copy of his notes.

We look forward to seeing you on Monday evenings as Nick Pearson explores three great Surrealist artists.


Course Details

OPEN Ealing Arts Centre W5 2TD

Dates: 20 Jun - 4 Jul
Monday 6:30 pm
Fees: £10 inc refreshments

About the tutor

Nick Pearson

Nick is an internationally exhibited artist and an enthusiastic lecturer. He has a passion for art of all period and teaches at various levels in schools, colleges, universities and adult learning centres; including

  • London College of Contemporary Art
  • Richmond Art School
  • OPEN Ealing
  • University of Oxford
  • Northampton University
  • Bradford College of Art

His artistic practice encompasses sculpture, drawing and photographic work. He creates large, wall-based works which explore formal relationships through shape and colour, often with a kind of abstract visual humour – but as in all collage, each constituent part has its own history and poetic meaning. Nick uses everyday objects in his artwork which he has often found or which have been discarded.

For more information on his work and exhibitions visit his website:

To book special, private tours (for birthdays, corporate events, etc) please email him:

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