After completing an honours degree in Fine Art at De Monfort University,
and during which a travel scholarship to Italy was awarded, Andy Pearce embarked
on a career that rapidly developed into a broad spectrum of experience.
In the early years of Andy’s twenty-five year career, commissions/briefs
ranged from theatrical props, Harrod’s Christmas grotto, museum dioramas
and products for mail order magazines such as The National Trust, stills
and T.V. commercials, as well as pieces for fine art collections.
Initially, Andy was apprenticed to an American sculptor in Long Island,
U.S.A.; a place to which he would return when working for M.B.I, inc.
Having an enthusiasm and a natural affinity with wildlife, it is not surprising
that Andy’s work has now become focused and specialises in small wildlife
sculpture. This is not to say, however, that he has lost his versatility
as a series of coats of arms now displayed at Bedford School attests to this
Royal Doulton, Eaglemoss Publishing Company, and an African silversmith
are a few of the prestigious clients for whom Andy has worked. In the
last seven years, Andy has created over two hundred wildlife sculptures. Because
of his eye for meticulous detail, Andy has found himself in some unusual
situations when studying animals: being charged by wild boar and elephants,
trapped inside a baobab tree, involved in python ‘fishing’, nibbled
by meerkats, and even finding himself on a baboon safari.