Pearl Van Geest began exhibiting her work in 1996 shortly after graduating from the Ontario College of Art and Design in Toronto. Recent painting exhibitions include “Love on the Rocks” at James Baird Gallery, Pouch Cove, Newfoundland, “Eat Me” at Katharine Mulherin Contemporary Art Projects, and the 2007 Hysteria Festival of Women, Toronto and “Kiss Paintings”, an installation for the Art Gallery of Ontario’s Massive Party, 2005.
Other solo exhibitions include “Sugar Bush” (2004) and “Fool For Love” (2002) at Katharine Mulherin Contemporary Art Projects, Toronto and “This Pale Mouth” (2002) at the Macdonald Stewart Art Centre, Guelph. Previous exhibition venues include the Art Gallery of Mississauga, Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery’s First Biennial and Toronto-based galleries DeLeon White Gallery, V. MacDonnell Gallery, Tableau Vivant and Propeller. She was selected as a semi-finalist for the RBC Painting Competition 2003.
Before studying and working as an artist Van Geest studied Science at the University of Guelph graduating with a BSc in 1981, then teaching and traveling overseas.
Van Geest has a strong involvement in the Arts Community having worked with the Contemporary Art Forum/Kitchener and Area (CAFKA), EdVideo in Guelph and as an Arts Educator for the Art Gallery of Hamilton, Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery, Wellington County Museum and with the Ontario Arts Council’s Artists In Education program. She was the Artist-In-Residence at the Waterloo Regional Children’s Museum 2005/06.