Alan Pearson (1929 – 2019) immigrated to New Zealand in 1956 from Liverpool, England. He studied at the University of Canterbury School of Fine Arts.
Pearson was able to paint full time from 1978 as his wife was equally committed to his work and able to support the family through her career. He lived and worked mainly in Christchurch before moving to Australia in the early 2000s.
Pearson was known for expressive abstract landscape works and his psychologically charged portraits.