Tuesday, 1 May 2012

Tai-Shan Schierenberg.

Another contemporary portrait painter I admire is Tai-Shan Schierenberg who’s work I first saw in the National Portrait Gallery London.

Seamus Heaney 2004

This Portrait of Seamus Heaney the poet gives the impression of being large, although it is only about three foot square, it’s absolutely stunning in life, something that really does not come over well in a photo. The brushwork is very bold and distinctive, using very large brushes. The smallest brush used is about a half inch wide and that is only used for painting in the eyes. The brush used on the jacket is an inch and a half wide, all the brushwork is very decisive using thick paint with a stroke layed and left alone. The shifts in colour and value are very subtle, see how he has indicated the glasses by painting the eyes below the glass with lighter and desaturated colour.

Here is closeups from a self portrait.
Self portrait detail 2003

The Emigre 2003

Tai-Shan Schierenberg went to art collage in the 1980's and found himself swimming against the prevailing current of the time, but soon established himself by wining first prize in the 1989 BP Portrait Award.
He has also won the 2011 Ondaatje Prize for Portraiture.
He is now an Hon Member of the Royal Society of Portrait painters.
Important Sitters include, Her Majesty the Queen, His Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh, John Mortimer, Seamus Heaney, Lord Sainsbury, Lord Carrington, Duke of Devonshire, Duchess of Westminster and Professor Stephen Hawking.

Stephen Hawking

Natalia Phillips Duchess of Westminster


Thomas Haskett said...

Excellent post Dave, really like the technique. The portraits make me think a little of Freud, only a little more complimentary :)

Journeyman said...

Hi Tom, you are right he has pronounced his admiration for Freud and also Frank Auerbach and Leon Kossoff, all of whom have had an influence on his work.

Brenda Murray said...

Where can I find any of the artist's works for purchase? I have a client who had their "Sam" 48" x 48" get torn in a move. I need to value it so she can get something else...Brenda

Journeyman said...

Hi Brenda,
Tai-Shan Schierenberg is represented by Angela Flowers and her son Matthew through the Gallery Flowers East. Flowers have three Galleries two in London and one in new York.
The two London galleries are in Cork Street and Shoreditch. I’m sure an Internet search will come up with contact details.
Get back if you need more info, Dave

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