A young English artist's triumph in spite of phenylketonuria.
John Wade, Publisher
John Wade Publishing
This is the biography of Bryan Pearce and his indomitable mother. Bryan was born with undiagnosed phenylketonuria, and consequent retardation.
Mary was herself a talented painter, but her priority lay in the enrichment and elevation of her children's lives. (Her daughter, Margaretta, was also afflicted with PKU.)
Bryan Pearce is now a famous primitive artist; he is a presence in the world of art.
One day Mary brought home a child's coloring book and coaxed her twenty-four-year-old son to fill in a page of bold outlines with watercolors. He did the task beautifully, became interested, and this was the beginning of one of the most astonishing adventures in twentieth century painting.
It is necessary to accept these works as the labour of a man who has to communicate this way because there is no other.
No doctor has the right to tell someone there is no room for hope. It's so unfair.